It is meant to help keep the subject high on the international agenda and to inspire activities and initiatives to promote family farming over the coming decade.
The objectives of the Fifth Global Conference were
- Discuss and share characterizations of Family Farming at international, regional and national levels.
- Identify the main results and impacts of Family Farming policies.
- Identify policy perspectives for Family Farming in the medium and long term.
- Promote networking among Family Farming organizations and research centres.
- Continue fostering National Family Farming Committee action.
- Establish the major baselines for starting to define global guidelines for public policies that protect Family Farming, with the participation of representatives from the main regional men and women family farmers’ organizations on the 5 continents.
- In all instances, granting particular importance to both women farmers and youth.
Extract of the program:
- Esther Penunia, General Secretary of the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA): Policy dialogue as a tool to influence public policies at national and regional level.
- Gabriela Quiroga, KIT/Prolinnova: Linking FFOs with formal researchers. Her key message was that giving attention to identifying, documenting and facilitating farmer-led innovation processes increases awareness of the relevance of local innovation for meeting the needs of small-scale farming households and communities. Prolinnova does this in such a way as to encourage development agents and formal researchers to interact and support these local innovation processes.