The United Nations officially kicked off its 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) campaign on Friday. The 2014 IYFF is an initiative that seeks to raise the profile of family farming and promote broad discussion and cooperation at the national, regional and global levels.
The 2014 is promoted by the World Rural Forum (WRF) and supported by over 360 civil society and farmers’ organizations. One supportive association is the U.S. National Committee, whose member organizations include: National Farmers Union, U.S. Department of Agriculture (advisory member), Alliance to End Hunger, American Farmland Trust (AFT), Consumer Federation of America, and the National Cooperative Business Association.
Because family farmers are key to continued stewardship and protection of farmland for future generations, AFT’s participation will further serve our mission of protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices and keeping farmers on the land.
All this work is being made from the perspective of effectively combating poverty and hunger and searching for rural development based on the respect for environment and biodiversity.
AFT has been invited to serve on the U.S. national committee that will be conducting events and outreach in the next year to showcase family farming.
Additional information on the 2014 IYFF U.S. national committee is available at: http://www.yearoffamilyfarming.com/