Plural debate and new partnerships

In the VI Conference, we want to specify measures for the Decade of Family Farming from an open and inclusive dialogue

Every day we have to sow. Every day we have to put a brick to build. Every day, we have to fertilize the land to collect the fruit; go out to graze to feed the cattle; or cast the nets to fish.

Although it does not hurt to look back and feel proud of what we have achieved. If you tell us, in 2008, that we were going to celebrate the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF 2014), to be part of the SDGs of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations and to celebrate a Decade, we would not have believed it.

However, here we are. With the Decade of Family Farming (2019-2028) recently started and on the verge of celebrating the VI Global Conference of the WRF, which will take place in Bilbao, the last week of March.

We will be about 200 representatives of multiple entities that will give voice to millions of people. The World Rural Forum is a plural network. In the same way, the VI Conference will be an open and inclusive meeting. We will have relevant actors from governments, international organizations such as FAO and IFAD, farmers’ organizations, cooperatives, trade unions, National Committees of Family Farming, NGOs and research centers from all five continents.

We are interested in the participation of everyone. We want contributions to emerge that can be incorporated into the Decade Action Plan, whose official launch will take place in Rome in May. We also seek to “facilitate dialogue, new partnerships and the involvement of new entities in the Decade (…) to promote the implementation of the Decade Agenda”. This is reflected in the second objective set for the VI Conference.