2014 was the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) and organizations around the world drew attention to the stories of family farmers and the challenges they face every day in the field. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 80 percent of the world’s food is produced by family farmers. The new Family Farming Knowledge Platform (FFKP), recently launched by the FAO, provides data for policymakers to support family farmers and organizations that support rural communities.
The FFKP was envisioned as a more permanent method than the IYFF of addressing sustainability issues, fighting hunger, and supporting family farming networks. “There was a need to share knowledge on family farming-on the different kinds of policies that governments have implemented and the numerous activities of family farmers and their organizations in the field,” says Francesco Pierri, Chief of the Advocacy Unit in the FAO Office for Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development.
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