LET’S BUILD THE FUTURE: Family Farming
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.
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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Representative of IFAD
– 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.
– 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
– 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.
– 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?
Mr. Pan Sopheap, FWN-AFA (Farmer and Water Net), Cambodia
Mr. Ibrahim Sidibe, FENAJER-CNOP (National Federation of Rural Youth), Mali
Mr. Jason Te Brake; New Zealand Young Farmers (NZYF), New Zealand
Ms. Conchi Quintana- World Rural Forum
Ms.Alessandra Lunas; National Confederation of Agricultural Workers (CONTAG), Brazil
Elena Gutierrez, Basque Government
Ms.Dwi Astuti, Asian Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Asia (AsiaDHRRA) Indonesia
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.
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.
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.