Family farms play a major role for global food security
More than 98% of the agricultural businesses on this planet are so-called family farms. In order to draw attention to the characteristic strengths and needs of these family businesses, the United Nations have proclaimed 2014 to be the `International Year of Family Farming´.
Why these family farms are so important to agriculture
Family farms dominate agricultural production in developing countries and in developed countries alike. Typically, family farms are characterised by the fact that a family manages and conducts the necessary tasks, and that the majority of the work is done by the members of this family.
According to information provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), at least 56% of the worldwide agricultural production is generated by family farms. The FAO therefore considers family farming to be a significant factor for food security, for combating poverty and for protecting natural resources.
Tapping potentials with proactive policies
In many countries, however, the potentials offered by family farming have not yet been sufficiently recognised. In order to fight hunger and poverty, the United Nations have therefore demanded proactive policies and measures to strengthen the position of small family farms in developing countries.