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SIDE EVENT ON "DEVELOPING PUBLIC POLICIES TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE FAMILY FARMING"
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SIDE EVENT ON "DEVELOPING PUBLIC POLICIES TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE FAMILY FARMING"

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CLOSING REMARKS MR. ROMEO RECIDE Asst. …

CLOSING REMARKS MR. ROMEO RECIDE Asst.
Secretary for Policy and Planning Department of Agriculture, The Philippines. SIDE EVENT ON "DEVELOPING PUBLIC POLICIES TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE FAMILY FARMING"
08 October 2013, FAO Iran Room

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  • 1.   CLOSING  REMARKS   MR.  ROMEO  RECIDE   Asst.  Secretary  for  Policy  and  Planning   Department  of  Agriculture,  The  Philippines     SIDE  EVENT  ON   "DEVELOPING  PUBLIC  POLICIES  TOWARDS  SUSTAINABLE     FAMILY  FARMING"   08  October  2013,  FAO  Iran  Room       A  pleasant  afternoon  to  everyone.     On   behalf   of   the   Philippine   Government,   I   wish   to   express   utmost   gratitude   to   the   co-­‐ organizers   and   participants   in   today's   side   event.     The   interest   and   importance   that   the   Philippines   accords   to   family   farming   cannot   be   over-­‐emphasized.     Family   farms   constitute  a  majority  of  the  farming  system  in  our  country  and,  similar  to  the  farm  models   discussed   today,   form   the   basis   of   food   and   agricultural   production   and   employment   that   greatly  influence  the  economic,  socio-­‐cultural  and  environmental  activities  of  our  people.     We  note  from  today's  presentations  and  discussions  the  diversity  of  conditions  and  policy   environment  in  the  countries  and  regions  that  are  represented.  We  observe,  however,  the   common  elements  and  challenges  ahead  in  realizing  sustainable  family  farm  models:     Firstly,  the  development  of  a  comprehensive  set  of  laws,  regulations,  and  programs  that   focuses  on  family  farms,  to  the  extent  possible,  at  all  government  levels;     Secondly,   the   provision   of   sufficient   public   funds,   incentives   and   support   measures   to   family  farms  such  as  infrastructure,  credit  and  insurance;     Thirdly,   provision   of   assistance   in   the   promotion   of   trade,   investment   and   marketing   of   family  farm  products;  and     Finally,    the  strengthening  of  family  farm  organizations  through  government  research  and   extension  work,  trainings,  and  related  capacity  building  measures.     The  work  toward  the  declaration  of  2014  as  International  Year  of  Family  Farming  (IYFF)   has  been  an  exciting  and  rewarding  experience.    
  • 2. For  this  side  event,  we  wish  to  extend  our  heartfelt  appreciation  to  the  following:     • The  Government  of  France  ,  for  its  partnership  and  close  collaboration  with  us  in   the  conduct  of  this  event,  to  draw  attention  to  the  importance  of  developing  public   policies  to  support  family  farms.         • The   FAO   Secretariat,   particularly   the   Office   for   Partnerships,   Advocacy   and   Capacity  Development  (OPC)  for  its  full  support  and  facilitation  of  the  program  and   arrangements  for  this  activity.    In  particular,  we  wish  to  thank  our  moderator,  Ms.   Marcela  Villareal.     • The   presenters   and   speakers   from   CIRAD,   and   stakeholder   representatives   from   Africa,  Asia,  Europe,  and  Latin  America.    They  provided  invaluable  insights  into  the   situation  of  family  farms  and  the  support  extended  for  their  sustainable  operation   in  their  respective  countries  and/or  regions.     • Last   but   not   the   least,   the   participants   who   took   time   and   effort   to   listen   and   contribute   in   the   discussion.     We   are   aware   that   there   are   numerous   other   activities  simultaneously  seeking  your  attention  and  we  are  glad  you  chose  to  join   and  stay  with  us  this  afternoon.     It  is  our  fervent  hope  that  this  side  event  and  similar  activities  will  help  raise  awareness   on  family  farming  and  enhance  the  build  up  to  the  celebration  of  its  International  Year  in   2014  that  would  highlight  the  role  that  family  farming  play  in  achieving  food  security  and   eradicating  poverty.  We,  therefore,  enjoin  everyone  to  continue  supporting  this  campaign.       Thank  you,  muchas  gracias,  merci  beaucoup,  maraming  salamat!  Mabuhay!  

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