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5th Global Conference.

Gains in political commitment around Family Farming were one of the most notable results of International Year of Family Farming IYFF-2014. Not just because of reaping results in the form of numerous laws, programmes and other specific public policy improvements, but also because of the spirit of collaboration and understanding generated among different entities, institutions and organizations.

Aiming precisely to continue promoting this global context of dialogue and collaboration, Bilbao (Basque Country, Spain) will host the fifth World Rural Forum (WRF) conference on 21, 22 and 23 September, which will cover the promotion of specific public policies that favour Family Farming. Because exchanging ideas and examples about specific Family Farming policies means talking about the conditions the men and women of the country and sea demand. It means analyzing how we can build a better future for the millions of men and women family farmers in the world and, after all, for all of us.

The Fifth Global Conference – Let’s Build the Future: Family Farming will contribute to keeping Family Farming, smallholders, artisanal fishing, pastoralism and indigenous communities on the international agenda, as set out by IYFF+10. This initiative is based on the Brasilia Manifesto (Manifiesto de Brasilia), a consensus document agreed upon by Family Farming organizations from the 5 continents, with the backing of rural associations, Research Centres and international NGOs.


The meeting will bring together representatives from a range of governments, agricultural organizations, international organizations (like FAO and IFAD), National Family Farming Committees, rural development associations, NGOs and research centers.

Topics for analysis include advancements obtained in the characterization of Family Farming, dialogue mechanisms that facilitate improvements beneficial to the work and well-being of men and women in Family Farming, as well as different proposals for connecting agricultural research with the relevant farmers’ organizations.

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Global WRF Conference

The last WRF conference, entitled Family Farming: Feed the World, Care for the Planet, took place in 2011, in Bilbao, and marked an important milestone in defining priority topics to tackle, firstly during the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) campaign, and subsequently during the IYFF itself in 2014. (Contents of the fourth WRF Conference)

Objectives of the Fifth Global Conference

– Discuss and share characterizations of Family Farming at international, regional and national levels.

– Identify the main results and impacts of Family Farming policies.

– Identify policy perspectives for Family Farming in the medium and long term.

– Promote networking among Family Farming organizations and research centres.

– Continue fostering National Family Farming Committee action.

– Establish the major baselines for starting to define global guidelines for public policies that protect Family Farming, with the participation of representatives from the main regional men and women family farmers’ organizations on the 5 continents.

– In all instances, granting particular importance to both women farmers and youth.

Dates, venue and participation:

The Fifth Global Conference Let’s Build the Future: Family Farming will take place on 21, 22 and 23 September 2015 in the Hotel Seminario Bilbao in the Derio locality (Basque Country, Spain).

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09.00 – 09.10 (Vidrieras Hall)
Welcome speech
Mr. Auxtin Ortiz Etxeberria – Director of the World Rural Forum
09.10 – 09.30 (Vidrieras Hall)
Preliminary presentation
Characterization of Family Farming.
Mr. Álvaro Ramos – Coordinator of IFAD-MERCOSUR
09.30 – 10.30 (Vidrieras Hall)
Roundtable discussion
Characterization of Family Farming and its importance to build adequate public policies
Mr. Francesco Maria Pierri – Policy Officer of the Office of Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development, FAO (Moderator)
Mr. Mario León Frutos – Paraguay’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Livestock and Coordinator of the REAF National Section of Paraguay
Ms. Fatma Ben Rejeb – Executive Secretary of PAFO (Pan African Farmers Organization)
Ms. Ika Krishnayanti – International Relations Officer, API (Indonesian Peasant Alliance)
Mr. Ricard Ramon I Sumoy – Socio-Economic Analyst of the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development at the European Commission
Mr. Daouda Diarra – Permanent Secretary of Agriculture High Council of Mali
10.30 – 10.50
Coffee break
11.00 – 12.00 (Vidrieras Hall)
Opening remarks
Mr. Iñigo Urkullu – President of the Basque Government
Mr. Virgilio de los Reyes – Secretary of Agrarian Reform of the Philippines
Ms. Marcela Villarreal – Director of the Office of Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development, FAO
Representative of IFAD
Mr. Djibo Bagna – President of ROPPA (Network of Farmers’ and Agricultural Producers’ Organizations of West Africa)
Mr. Flavio Coturni – Head of the Unit of Agricultural Policy Analysis and Perspectives in the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission
Mr. José Maria Zeberio – President of the WRF (World Rural Forum)
12.00 – 12.10 (Vidrieras Hall)
Video to introduce the IYFF+10 program
12.10 – 12.30 (Vidrieras Hall)
Economy, Family Farming and the Right to Food. A Global Perspective.
Ms. Hilal Elver – Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food at United Nations Human Rights Council (Video message)
Mr. Guillermo Dorronsoro – Dean of Deusto Business School
13.45 – 15.15 (Vidrieras Hall)
Roundtable discussion
Political dialogues as a tool to create public policies at national and regional level
Mr. Jean-Philippe Audinet – Lead Advisor at the Policy and Technical Advisory Division, IFAD (Moderator)
Mr. Tito Díaz – Regional Officer for Animal Production and Health in Latin America and Caribe, FAO
Ms. Esther Penunia – General Secretary of AFA (Asian Farmers’ Association)
Mr. Juan Andrés Gutierrez – President of EUROMONTANA (European Association of Mountain Areas)
Mr. Fabrice Dreyfus – Member of General Council of Agriculture, Food and Rural Area of the Ministry of Agriculture, Agri-Food and Forestry of France
Mr. Mahamadou Fayinkeh – Representative of the Gambia National Committee
15.15 – 16.30 (Vidrieras Hall)
Roundtable discussion
Global initiatives to promote Family Farming at national level
Ms. Alberta Guerra – Food Policy Advisor at ActionAid International (Moderator)
Mr. Lupino Lazaro Jr. – Agriculture Attaché of the Philippine Embassy in Rome
Ms. Laura Lorenzo – International Relations and European Desk, WRF
Ms. Sandra Moreno Cadena – Representative of SOC (Land Workers’ Union) – ECVC
Ms. Alessandra Lunas – Secretary of Rural Women Workers, CONTAG (National Confederation of Agricultural Workers)
Mr. Gabriel Ferrero – Senior Policy Advisor at the Secretariat for Post-2015 Development Planning, UNO (Video conference)
16.30 – 17.00
Coffee break
17.00 – 18.15 (Vidrieras Hall)
Roundtable discussion
Linking family farmers’ organizations with research centers
Sr. Robin Bourgeois – Senior Foresight and Development Policies Expert, GFAR (Global Forum on Agricultural Research) (Moderador)
Sr. Rogelio Pozo – General Director of AZTI-Tecnalia
Sr. Jean-Michel Sourisseau – Socio-economist at CIRAD (Centre of Agricultural Research for Development)
Sra. Gabriela Quiroga – International Secretary of PROLINNOVA (Promoting Local Innovation in Ecologically Oriented Agriculture and Natural Resource Management)
Sr. Fernando López – General Secretary of COPROFAM (Confederation of Family Farm Organizations of MERCOSUR)
Sr. André Tioro – Program Officer for Capacity-Building and Action-Research Project, ROPPA
18.15 – 18.30
18.30 – 20.00
Guided visits
to entities in the Basque Farming Sector
Guided visits to the surroundings of the Hotel Seminary: Derio Agricultural School / Azti-Tecnalia / Aberekin / Neiker-Tecnalia
09.00 – 10.30 / 11.00 – 13.30 (2nd floor)
Working Groups
Working topics
1. Political dialogue in favour of Family Farming for the creation of public policies
Relator: Mr. Vincent Touzot – National Administrator of Jeunes Agriculteurs
2. Global guidelines for the governance of agrarian systems based on Family Farming: Content and methods to encourage it
Relator: Mr. André Leu – President of IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements
3. Linking family farmers’ organizations with research centers: Specific proposals
Relator: Ms. Marcela Dumani – Costa Rica National Committee representative
All the topics will be worked by each language group:
– English: (Lezama Room)Facilitator: Ms. Joana Dias Rocha – REDSAN Coordinator and Farmers Platform Secretary, CPLP (Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries)
– bish: (Txorierri Room)Facilitator: Ms. Olga Gomez – Member of Katilu and Projects Manager for Basque Innovation System Stimulus at Innobasque
– French: (Astintze Room)Facilitator: Ms. Gabriela Quiroga – International Secretary of PROLINNOVA
10.30 – 11.00
Coffee break
13.30 – 15.00
Time to prepare presentations of group conclusions
15.15 – 15.45 (Vidrieras Hall)
Working Groups
Presentation of conclusions from the Working Groups
15.45 – 17.00
Closing Remarks
Ms. Eva Verona Teixeira Ortet – Minister for Rural Development of Cape Verde
Mr. Uttam Kumar Bhattarai – Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture Development of Nepal y Chairperson of Nepal National Committee
Mr. Bittor Oroz – Basque Government Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Policy. Representative of Agriculture Department of Bizkaia Provincial Government
Mrs. Elena Unzueta Torre – Provincial Minister of Sustainability and Natural Resources Department of Bizkaia Regional Council
Mr. Unai Aranguren – European representative in the International Coordination Committee of La Via Campesina
Ms. Evelyn Nguleka – President of WFO (World Farmers’ Organization)
Mr. Michael Taylor – Director of the ILC (International Land Coalition)
Ms. Begoña Nieto – General Director of Rural Development and Forest Policy of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment of Spain
Mr. Auxtin Ortiz – Director of WRF
17.00 – 18.00
18.00 – 20:00 (Txorierri room)
(only WRF Board of Directors members)
18.00 – 21.00
Social agenda
Guided visit into the city of Bilbao
08.30 – 10.30 (Lezama Room)
With associates from the 5 continents present, the WRF will take this opportunity to carry out its General Assembly meeting
09.30 – 10.30 (Vidrieras Hall)
This encounter aims to foster debate on how farmer led communication and community media can contribute to enhance Family Farming
– Present opportunities for participation, exchange and advocacy on communication systems related to family farming.
– Analyze the role of communication for development as an important element to the efforts to boost Family Farming.
– Present successful communication initiatives that benefit Family Farming
– Collect proposals regarding advocacy efforts related to information and communication systems oriented to Family Farming.
– September 23, 9.30 AM, Vidrieras Hall. 5th World Rural Conference
– Duration: 1 hour.
– Methodology: Panel discussion, with comments and questions at the end, where proposals related to the theme of the roundtable will be collected.
– Number of speakers: Four speakers and a moderator
– Mr. Mario Acunzo, FAO. International Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming.
Francesco Diasio, AMARC. The role of community radio in the promotion of Family Farming.
Hoang Thi Mai Huong, Vietnam Farmers’ Union. Communication tools to strengthen Family Farming and agricultural organizations in Vietnam.
– Horacio Rodríguez, CGIAR. Family Farming National Committee of México The importance of communication when advocating in favour of Family Farming.
Joseba Imaz, FRM. Moderador.
– ¿How can help communication and community media strengthen farmers’ organizations and, in general, Family Farming?
– What requirements could be included in the advocacy work of farmers’ organizations and Family Farming National Committees to build communication systems oriented to Family Farming?
– ¿What spaces for exchange, participation and advocacy exist around communication and Family Farming, which may be useful for organizations?
10.30 – 11.00
Coffee break
11.00 – 13.30 (Vidrieras Hall)
Representatives of Young Farmers organizations from the five continents will debate about the future of Family Farming.
Mr. Jacques Marzin. CIRAD (Agricultural Research Centre for International Development) France
Initiatives for Young People in rural areas – (video)
Mr. Luis Miguel Rebustiello; READER (Asturias Network for Rural Development )-Spain
Regional Experiences
Mr. William Clementino Silva; CONTAG (National Confederation of Agricultural Workers), Brazil
Mr. Pan Sopheap, FWN-AFA (Farmer and Water Net), Cambodia
Mr. Ibrahim Sidibe, FENAJER-CNOP (National Federation of Rural Youth), Mali
Family Farming, a project with future for young people
Mr. Vincent Touzot, Young Farmers from France
Mr. Jason Te Brake; New Zealand Young Farmers (NZYF), New Zealand
Questions and closing
11.00 – 13.30 (Lezama Room)
These committees have achieved important results during 2014 and now make up one of the key structures for giving continuity to the IYFF+10 process.
13.30 – 14.30
14.30 – 16.30
16.30 – 16.45
Coffee break
16.45 – 19.15 (Vidrieras Hall)
This seminar will focus on the role that women play in FF and the importance of taking into their voices in the designing and implementation of policies and significant changes for FF.
Ms. Izaskun Landaida
Ms. Conchi Quintana- World Rural Forum
Family Farming; Women leading projects
Ms. Fatma Ben Rejeb, Pan African Farmers Organization (PAFO) Tunisia
Ms.Alessandra Lunas; National Confederation of Agricultural Workers (CONTAG), Brazil
Elena Gutierrez, Basque Government
Rural Women Networks
Ms.Teresa López, Federation of Rural Women Associations (FADEMUR)Spain
Ms.Dwi Astuti, Asian Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Asia (AsiaDHRRA) Indonesia
Questions and debate
Joint statement for Rural Women Day
17.00 – 20.00 (Lezama Room)
MEETING OF THE IYFF+10 WORLD CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE (only World Consultative Committee members)
After agreements reached in Brasilia (November 2014), this meeting will be focused in the promotion of actions in favour of Family Farming at international level.

Familia Nekazaritza bultzatzen jarraitzeko eskaera izan da Munduko Landagunearen 5.Mundu Konferentziaren ondorio nagusia
The 5th Global Conference of the World Rural Forum ends with clear demands to promote Family Farming
More than 200 representatives from all over the world took part at the V Global Conference held on the 21st, 22nd ,23rd September 2015 in Derio, Bizkaia.


Monday, 5th of October 2015, Derio. The need to create institutional spaces to promote participative political dialogue arose during the 5th Global Conference of the World Rural Forum, a dialogue that must include Family Farming organizations and, specially, young people and women. Representatives from governments, agricultural organizations, international agencies (like FAO and IFAD), National Committees of Family Farming, rural development associations, NGOs and research centers met at the conference.

“We must improve agrarian representation in the governments, maintain the interinstitutional networks and strengthen them at local, regional and international levels, promoting the integration of young people and women in the participative processes. We must also establish relationships with academies, research centers, etc., that will provide political training and qualification to the peasant leaders”, remarked Auxtin Ortiz, World Rural Forum´s director.

Not only the search of political dialogue to create public policies promoting Family Farming, peasant farming, traditional, fishing, pastoralism and indigenous communities was addressed. Topics ranging from the creation of global guidelines for the regulation of agrarian models based on Family Farming to the connection between Family Farming organizations and research centers were analyzed by working groups where members of the farming sector from all over the world took part actively.

The working group analyzing the contents and direction of the global guidelines underlined the importance of recognizing Family Farming as a mean of livelihood because of its fundamental role, among other factors, in the rural and regional development. The relevance of promoting more participative processes involving egalitarian economic, political and social rights was also stressed by this group.

Analyzing how to improve the connection between agricultural organizations and research centers, the participants realized that it was necessary to improve the communication processes and  strengthen the already existing relationships. The working group members also asked the men and women family farmers to be more active in the identification and systematization of their good practices.

Besides the working groups, the 5th Conference held panel discussions on the following topics: communication to promote Family Farming, young people and employment in the rural areas and the role of women in Family Farming.

The 5th Global Conference of the World Rural Forum, “Let´s Build the Future, Family Farming”, analyzed the advances in the characterization of this agricultural model and proposed dialogue mechanisms to improve work conditions and well-being of the men and women in Family Farming. Different proposals to connect agricultural research with the relevant peasant organizations were put forward also. Therefore, it is an opportunity to exchange ideas and examples of specific Family Farming policies and analyze how a better future can be built for the millions of men and women farmers all over the world.


IYFF+10, Global Impulse to Family Farming Campaign

After achieving remarkable results during the International Year of Family Farming IYFF-2014 (celebration that was preceded by an intense World Rural Forum´s campaign), the main objective of IYFF+10 will be to continue improving public policies supporting Family Farming. Although this recently launched campaign is a broad initiative, IYFF+10 relies on three key areas: promotion of the National Committees of Family Farming, definition of the global guidelines for Family Farming and encouragement of participative research.

As happened during the International Year, the IYFF+10 will always seek maximum cooperation and spirit of understanding between farmers’ organizations, rural associations, research centers, governments and international institutions.

Jose Mari Zeberio, Munduko Landagunearen Lehendakaria: “Agenteen arteko kolaborazio inklusiboa gakoa da Familiaren Nekazaritza bultzatzeko"
Jose Mari Zeberio, President of the World Rural Forum: “Inclusive collaboration between agents is essential to promote family farming”
The president of the Basque Government, Iñigo Urkullu, has praised the work at the opening of the World Rural Forum in favor of “sustainable human development, eradication of poverty and structural inequalities in the world.”


Monday, September 21, 2015, Derio. More than 200 rural actors from five continents gather today for three days at the Hotel Seminario Bilbao Derio (Bizkaia) on the occasion of the 5th Global Conference of the World Rural Forum, to be held between 21 and 23 September under the title Let´s build the future: Family Farming. Representatives of agricultural organizations, peasant leaders, NGOs, governments, international organizations and agricultural research centers around the world will deepen the role played by family farming as the backbone and catalyst for agriculture, as well as how to promote this form life as an axis of development of rural areas.

The president of the Basque Government, Iñigo Urkullu, presided over the official opening of the congress, which has highlighted the contribution of FRM to the “extension of solidarity” for his actions in favor of “sustainable human development, poverty eradication and structural inequalities in the world. We live moments of solidarity. Not only in the reception of refugees, also in supporting their life projects. The Rural Forum is an organization committed to serving the problem at source. Work with the goal of eradicating poverty that affects millions of people worldwide. Works to promote the progress and opportunities in these least developed countries to build capacity and to each community to generate its own alternative development “, he stressed.

Have also participated in the opening the Minister of Agrarian Reform of the Philippines, Virgilio de los Reyes, Marcela Villarreal, representative of the United Nations for Food and Agriculture (FAO), Djibo Bagna, President of ROPPA, the network peasant organizations in West Africa, Flavio Coturni, representative of the Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission, and Jose Mari Zeberio, president of FRM.

“This conference is a meeting point for different actors in the rural sector, from governments, international organizations such as FAO and IFAD, and agricultural organizations to Family Agriculture National Committees, so we must take this opportunity to share experiences and knowledge Family Farming. Inclusive collaboration between agents is key to boosting family agriculture, “said Zeberio.

The 5th Global Conference of the World Rural Forum. Let´s Build the Future, Family Farming, analyze progress in characterizing family farming, and raise dialogue mechanisms to enhance and promote the sector and to connect agricultural research with peasant organizations. It will be an opportunity to exchange ideas and examples of specific policies for family farming and discuss how to build a better future for the millions of family farmers worldwide.


IYFF +10 campaign to the global momentum to family farming

After the remarkable results of the International Year of Family Farming IYFF-2014, celebration preceded by intense global campaign coordinated by the World Rural Forum, the central objective of the IYFF+10 initiative will remain improving public policy in favor of Family Farming. This campaign, recently launched by the FRM, will have, within its broad framework for action, three main components: promotion of National Committees of Family Farming, construction of comprehensive guidelines for family farming and promoting participatory research.

As has happened in the International Year, the IYFF+10 will take place always looking for maximum collaboration and spirit of understanding among farmers organizations, rural associations, research centers, governments and international institutions.


World Rural Forum

The World Rural Forum (WRF) is a plural network that works in favour of family farming and sustainable rural development, composed of farmers’ federations, rural organizations and agriculture research centres from five continents.

Three days of intense exchange and debate


In addition to the new WRF website, the website for the WRF 5th Conference Let’s build the future: Family Farming will be available from now on, as well. The Conference will be held on 21, 22 and 23 September in Bilbao (Basque Country, Spain) and will focus on specific public policies in favour of Family Farming.

The final program is available on this link.

We encourage you to keep tuned to this space with the lastest news and documents on the 5th Conference.

5th Global Conference

Hotel Seminario Bilbao

Derio, spain

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