Planetary reality

A world population of 2,500 million is dedicated to Family Farming, which accounts for 40% of employment

In Euskadi, in Sweden, the Philippines, Australia, Paraguay and Madagascar, Family Farming is a planetary model just like our World Rural Forum is global and the VI Conference is Global.

Each country and each region has its uniqueness, but family farms are an extended model.

The defining aspect to talk about this reality is that there is a family linked to an agrarian farm.

And that it is the members of this family who contribute the labor – totally or partially – and make the decisions.

The figures often give us the measure of things, their relevance.

In the case of Family Farming, 2.500 million people are engaged in this activity[1], which means the employment of 40% of the world population[2].

The Decade of Family Farming that we have just entered is a period declared by the General Assembly of the United Nations, where 193 countries are represented.

And Family Farming is part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, being the “Zero Hunger” the SDG number 2 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the UN.

If the figures serve to clarify terms, it is also important to highlight that 200 representatives from all five continents will participate in our VI Conference, which will take place in Bilbao -in the Hotel Seminario in Derio- between March 25 and 29.

And if the numbers are important, the program and the challenges that we have set for this conference are so.

The VI Conference will serve to draw the road map of the coming years, set objectives and provide, with an open and inclusive approach, content for the Agenda and the Action Plan of the Decade.

Everything in order to improve the lives of women and men family farmers. And, by extension, that of the rest of the society.


[1] SOFA, FAO, 2014

[2] ILO, 2013