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Brussels Briefing n. 57: Roberto Ridolfi " The UN Decade of Family Farming (2019-2028) and the prospects for smallholders "


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The Brussels Development Briefing n. 57 on “Investing in smallholder agriculture for food security and nutrition” organised by CTA, the European Commission/EuropeAid and the ACP Secretariat was held on Wednesday 11th September 2019, 9h00-13h00 at the ACP Secretariat, Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels, Room C. The Briefing discussed smallholder agriculture and its key role in delivering food security/nutrition, and sustainable food systems, as recognised in SDG 2.

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Brussels Briefing n. 57: Roberto Ridolfi " The UN Decade of Family Farming (2019-2028) and the prospects for smallholders "

  1. 1. UNITED NATIONS DECADE OF FAMILY FARMING 2019-2028 UNDFF and the prospects for SH family farmingRoberto Ridolfi Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  2. 2. Some key figures on SH Family Farming • More than 90% of the 600+ million farms in the world are run by an individual or a family and rely primarily on family labour; • They occupy around 70–80% of farmland and produce more than 80% of the world’s food in value terms; • Farms of less than 1 ha account for 70% of all farms but operate only 7% of all agricultural land; • Farms between 1 and 2 ha: 14% of all farms and control 4% of the land • Farms between 2 and 5 ha: 10% of all farms and control 6% of the land • The largest 1% of farms in the world operate more than 70% of the world’s farmland; • Almost 50% of farm labour is performed by women, but they hold only 15% of farm land. UNITED NATIONS DECADE OF FAMILY FARMING 2019-2028
  3. 3. The UN Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 (UNDFF) • A framework for countries to develop public policies and investments to support family farming from a holistic perspective, to realize sustainable and inclusive food systems. • The UNDFF contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and focuses on enabling small-scale family farming as a key driver to fully achieve the SDGs. • The UNDFF mobilizes global commitment and actions towards economic, social and environmental dimensions, focusing on innovation, knowledge sharing, capacity building, tailored technology and access to markets as the basis to formulate impactful actions and strategies. UNITED NATIONS DECADE OF FAMILY FARMING 2019-2028
  4. 4. UNDFF: where we are (regions) UNITED NATIONS DECADE OF FAMILY FARMING 2019-2028 Global Launch of UNDFF Rome, Italy, May 2019 Launch on the sidelines of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development New York, USA, July 2019 Regional Launch in Latin America and the Caribbean Dominican Republic, August 2019 Launches in the other regions are envisaged over the next months… 500 participants, 230 delegates from 113 UN member states, 236 family farmers representatives of civil society and private sector Launch of the Global Action Plan to guide the implementation the Bavaro Declaration reaffirms commitment and recognizes the strong links with the SDGs
  5. 5. UNITED NATIONS DECADE OF FAMILY FARMING 2019-2028 UNDFF: where we are (countries) NPFF = National Plan for Family Farming
  6. 6. UNDFF is a framework to coherently support SH family farming • CFS recommendations on women’s empowerment, connecting smallholders to markets, protracted crisis, investing in smallholder agriculture, etc. are recognized by the UNDFF as key instruments to support and reinforce family farming; • The UNDFF will also support the implementation and benefit from activities related to agreed international frameworks, among others: • the Voluntary Guidelines to support the Progressive Realization of the Right to Adequate Food in the Context of National Food Security; • Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT) • the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication; • the UN Declaration of the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP). UNITED NATIONS DECADE OF FAMILY FARMING 2019-2028
  7. 7. UNDFF Global Action Plan UNITED NATIONS DECADE OF FAMILY FARMING 2019-2028 Develop an enabling policy environment to strengthen family farming Support youth and ensure the generational sustainability of family farming Promote gender equity in family farming and the leadership role of rural women Strengthen family farmers’ organizations and capacities to generate knowledge, represent farmers and provide inclusive services in the urban-rural continuum Improve socio- economic inclusion, resilience and well-being of family farmers, rural households and communities Promote sustainability of family farming for climate-resilient food systems Strengthen the multi- dimensionality of family farming to promote social innovations for territorial development and food systems that safeguard biodiversity, environment and culture
  8. 8. UNITED NATIONS DECADE OF FAMILY FARMING 2019-2028 Prospects for SH family farmers • Family farmers play a key role in improving the dietary patterns of their communities and of urban populations. It is therefore indispensable to improve family farmers’ capacities and autonomy in accessing domestic and local markets. • Creation and promotion of (new) markets tailored to family farmers’ needs, which guarantee fair price, continuous and structured demand for their products and promote direct linkages to consumers. • Strengthen the capacity of family farmers organizations (including cooperatives, social businesses, SME’s) to benefit from and develop economic opportunities. • Dialogue with different private sector entities is essential, as well as establishing policy and institutional arrangements, including innovative partnerships related to value chains. • It is crucial to empower family farmers, particularly women, youth and their organizations, to have an effective and equitable role in the design and implementation of contractual arrangements. • SMEs can play a very relevant role in this sense, specially at local markets and promoting urban-rural linkages.