As stated in the Manifesto of Brasilia agreed by women and men farmers leaders from the five continents, along with rural associations, research centres, World Consultative Committee members, IYFF-2014 National Committees and other stakeholders, the global campaign in favour of Family Farming, peasants, artisan fishing, pastoralists and indigenous people will be extended for ten more years.
After the remarkable results achieved during the International Year of Family Farming IYFF-2014, the main objective of IYFF+10 will be to continue improving public policies in favour of Family Farming. The IYFF+10 relies on three key areas:
- 1. The promotion of National Committees.
- 2. Guidelines for the governance of agricultural systems based on Family Farming.
- 3. Promotion of Participatory Research.
As happened during the International Year, the IYFF+10 will always seek the maximum cooperation and spirit of understanding between farmers' organizations, rural associations, research centers, governments and international institutions.
The International Year of Family Farming-2014 is an initiative promoted by the World Rural Forum and supported by over 360 civil society and farmers’ organizations, as well as institutions. This worldwide celebration, declared by the United Nations General Assembly, aims to become a tool to stimulate active policies for sustainable development of agricultural systems based farmer families, communal units, indigenous groups, cooperatives, pastoralists and fishing families.
All this work is being made from the perspective of effectively combating poverty and hunger and the search for a rural development based on the respect for environment and biodiversity.
· Promote policies in favour of the sustainable development of Family Farming by adopting concrete and operative measures and strategies, making budgetary allocations.
· Re-enforce the legitimacy of the farming associations to represent the interests of Family Farming and to be heard in, and, associated with, the making of farming policies.
· Increase the awareness of civil society and of all the social agents of the role of Family Farming.
· Achieve the recognition of the role of women in Family Farming and of their specific rights.
· Advocate and defend an international economy of food products based on rules which foster development and food security in all countries.
· Promote investigation associated with sustainable rural development giving it human and financial resources.
The 2014-IYFF declaration
The big news came from New York on December 22, 2011, when the UN General Assembly, in a plenary session, officially declared 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF). The desire of more than 360 organizations around the world had come true, not without the necessary doses of labor and perseverance; it was going to be the first International Year preceded by a civil campaign for its declaration.
It has thus opened a new way to raise awareness of the relevance and importance of Family Farming and the challenges facing this sustainable agricultural model.
· Recognition of Family Farming by the UN, by international organisations and by the governments of the different nations.
· Recognition of the farming and indigenous organisations as essential interlocutors with the public powers.
· The creation, the amplification and the strengthening of national and international platforms for the development of strategies and policies in defence of a sustainable future for Family Farming.
· Increase public investment in infrastructures and services in the rural areas.
· Progressive recognition of the status of rural women by means of the use of direct support instruments (investment, loans, deeds of ownership, etc.).
· Increase rural employment especially among young people.
· Technical and economic stimuli in agrarian investigation.
· Formation and capacity increase programmes.
· Increase social awareness of the importance of Family Farming.
· A world, regional and national communications network which would strengthen bonds of solidarity and reciprocity between the urban and rural society.
Civil Society drives a shared, inclusive and truly effective IYFF-2014, a celebration led by farmers' organizations, coming from five continents. To that end, the campaign coordinated by the World Rural Forum is organized into three action areas:
NATIONAL: National Committees boost the IYFF-2014 and stand as a real sphere of advocacy and negotiation with governments, as well as a way to increase awareness in each country.
REGIONAL: Farmers' Federations spearhead the IYFF-2014 on each continent.
INTERNATIONAL: The World Consultative Committee of Civil Society ensures comprehensive and global representation of Civil Society's program for the IYFF-2014.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO, coordinates the official program for the IYFF-2014, following the mandate of the UN' General Assembly in its resolution of 21 December 2011. In order to prepare the activities for the official programme, an Informal Steering Committee for the IYFF-2014 has been created, composed of 12 representatives of member states, as well as representatives of IFAD, WFP, Biodiversity, FAO, EU, WRF, OMA and Via Campesina.
Simultaneously, civil society has developed its own program, coordinated by the World Rural Forum and organized in collaboration with the official program.
The IYFF campaign (2008-2011)
The preparations for the campaign in favour of the declaration by the UN of an International Year of Family Farming-IYFF began in February, 2008, in Rome (after the celebration of the Farmers’ Forum, promoted by the IFAD).
The campaign was developed on different levels, coordinated by the World Rural Forum Secretariat, in order to get the greatest number possible of organizations to give their official support to the IYFF campaign. These groups participated, according to their possibilities, in the different phases of coordination and execution of the tasks of the campaign. They also worked to get their governments to enter into this initiative, because it was the governments which had to propose it to the United Nations.
For all the organizations (more than 360) from all over the world that supported the campaign, the celebration of an International Year of Family Farming-IYFF was seen as a unique opportunity to develop measures that would assure, in the short and medium term, a prosperous and sustainable development of Family Farming and, as a result, of the rural environments on all continents. Especially in the developing countries.
The IYFF campaign was based on a positive and powerful approach. It was about demonstrating to civil society and the totality of its institutions, not only the challenges and difficulties of farming at family level, but also its real and potential contribution to feeding the world, to the battle against poverty and the fulfilling of the Millennium Development Goals.
The world preparation programme (2012-2013)
Since the declaration by the UN, the responsibility of organizing the 2014 International Year of Family Farming official program has been assumed by FAO, in collaboration with other UN organizations such as the IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development).
However, over and above the official program, organizations attached to the 2014 IYFF have completed a process of reflection and preparation for this international event. A shared journey with the World Rural Forum, under the leadership of the peasant, artisanal fishermen and civil society organizations, will seek to promote the essential demands of women and men from the countryside to the public institutions from each country.
The civil society organizations, associations of farmers, pastoralists, rural NGOs and agricultural research centers are being coordinated for the preparation of national, continental and international events: meetings and seminars, information exchange, dialogue with governments, etc.