Commitment of the Institutions

This week we met with the highest leader of Álava and the Mayor of Bilbao

We continue taking steps towards March 25. On that date the VI Global Conference on Family Farming will begin. It will be in Bilbao and will bring together about 250 representatives of farmers organisations, cooperatives, governments, research centers and other organisations from around the world.

An important event for the future of Family Farming that will help to design the official Agenda of the Decade adopted by the UN.

Bilbao will be the previous step to the official launching of the Decade in Rome in May organized by FAO and IFAD. There will be adopted the contents of the Action Plan for the period 2019-2028 dedicated to Family Farming, following the Resolution adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Those involved know the importance of the Bilbao Conference to improve the life of the people dedicated to family farming around the world.

But it is important that society also knows. Hence, these days we are making a great effort so that our message reaches the media.

It seems basic to us to raise awareness on how family farming has global consequences on issues that affect us all, such as food, migration, land management, climate change and sustainable development.

The role of the media is important; such is that of the Institutions. That is why, as World Rural Forum, we have recently appeared in the Spanish Senate. And this week we have met with the Deputy General of Álava, Ramiro González, and the Mayor of Bilbao, Juan María Aburto.

It is essential that the public authorities know the details of the VI Conference and the Decade; that they know that ending hunger is the second of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda. And that they commit to caring for a social and strategic asset of first order such as Family Farming.