This week, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is hosting two sessions starting with the fifth global meeting of the Farmers’ Forum February 17-20th in Rome, Italy. The Farmers’ Forum is a bottom-up consultation process which creates a dialogue between small farmers’ and rural producers’ organizations, IFAD, and governments centered around rural development and poverty reduction. In celebration of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), IFAD will sponsor a side event on family farming, as well as a special session on small-scale fisheries.
On February 19-20th, IFAD will host it’s 37th Governing Council session with a focus on investing in smallholder farmers. This event is held annually at IFAD headquarters in Rome, the Council consists of all IFAD’s member states. The session will begin with a keynote speech by Fabrizio Saccomanni, Minister for Economy and Finance of the Italian Republic; Dr. Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf; and IFAD President Kanayo Nwanze. At the Governors’ round table session “Investing in smallholder family farmers: sharing experience,” visions of the role of smallholder family farmers for the future will be discussed, including avenues for further investment and mobilization.
To stay up to date with IFAD events this week:
Tune in to the webcast February 17th: http://webcasting.ifad.org/fafo2014
Tune in to the webcast February 19th: http://webcasting.ifad.org/gc2014
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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ ifadnews (follow #ifadgc #fafo2014)
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