The World Rural Forum (WRF), an international non-governmental organization (NGO) and sponsor of the International Year of Family Farming 2014 (IYFF-2014), represents family farmers, indigenous communities, and smallholder farmers across the globe. With a primary focus on rural development, the WRF is action-focused, pooling information gathered by educational centers and farmers, as well as NGOs. The WRF asserts that cooperation is essential to a successful future for the rural environment. Specifically, the WRF advocates a worldwide network of collaboration to facilitate relationships in order to comprehend and solve problems pertaining to agricultural development. In accordance with the mission of the WRF, the IYFF-2014, according to its website, is a tool to stimulate policies for sustainable development of agriculture systems.
The WRF represents an estimated 2 billion smallholders, family farmers, and landless peasants, as well as countless others involved with rural agriculture.
The WRF has agreements with AsiaDHRRA, the The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA), and the Intermon-Oxfam Foundation, among other organizations – a compendium of annual reports and memories pertaining to the WRF’s involvement can be found here in four languages: French, Euskera, Spanish, and English.
More information about the WRF’s launch of the IYFF-2014 can be found on their website.