The VI Global Conference is the prelude to the Decade’s Action Plan

Five days of work and debate.

200 participants from all over the planet; representatives of governments, international organizations such as FAO and IFAD, regional agrarian organizations, National Committees on Family Farming, NGOs, trade unions, cooperatives and research and training centres.

And an agenda full of content and challenges.

The VI Global Conference on Family Farming is near.

The installed clock continues its account. It marks, unappealable, the days, hours, minutes and seconds remaining until March 25.

Consequently, now we have to be thoroughly involved and duplicate tasks. These are busy days.

We want everything to go well and this forces us to make the best effort.

In all areas: political, academic, administrative, organizational and communication.

We are sure that everything will turn out well.

In which context will the conference take place in Bilbao?

We come from having celebrated, in 2014, the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) and we just, this month of January, raised the curtain of the Decade declared by the UN, which will occupy the period 2019 – 2028.

We are facing a great opportunity to achieve two great goals that we have always pursued: social recognition and public policies that improve the lives of family farmers.

Society does not grant sufficient relevance to Family Farming because there is a lack of awareness of its economic and strategic value. It is not so perceived, but it is a social asset of first order. We are talking about food security and nutrition, zero hunger, employability and economy, sustainable development, climate change and heritage.

The VI Global Conference should be understood as a great opportunity. It is the prelude to the Decade and where we will plan the actions of the coming years.

This is reflected in the first of the objectives of our conference that we have noted down: “Contribute to the design of the official Decade Agenda for the national, regional and global levels by developing quality inputs for the Action Plan of the Decade of Family Farming”.