Famers' leaders meeting in Abu Dhabi
2014/02/05
Participants seek global consensus on the major claims of the IYFF-2014.

Farmers leaders coming from five continentswill meet on January 21 and 22 in Abu Dhabi, in order to agree global claims needed to strengthen Family Farming worldwide. Thirty leaders of farmers' organisations will seek consensus on their main demands, which will be transmitted to society and decision makers during the IYFF-2014.

 

International Water Summit (IWS) and Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development will support the IYFF-2014, declared by the United Nations General Assembly, hosting this important meeting.

 

The event, organised by the World Rural Forum and supported by Khalifa Fund and Agriterra, is one of the first activities held by Civil Society Organizations attached to IYFF-2014 since the official launch of this International Year -last November in New York-, which aims to recognize and promote the contributions of men and women family farmers worldwide.

 

The meeting will provide the opportunity for leaders in the farming field to come together and discuss global issues and seek solutions. The aim is to be able to communicate these decisions worldwide, raising awareness on the matter during the International Year of Family Farming 2014.

 

Family Farming, whose role and potential as a guarantee of food security is not sufficiently recognized, produces 70% of the food consumed in the world and 40% of world households depend on this activity. Therefore it is the most efficient means to combat Hunger and Poverty. In addition to this, the bond between family farmers and their environment makes them a guarantee of sustainable management of natural resources. Not to mention that family farming protects agro-diversity through the use of native seed varieties and livestock breeds, well adapted to various environments.

 

All this contribution is a reality but, nevertheless, Family Farming remains forgotten and neglected in many countries. The farmers leaders' meeting in Abu Dhabi will discuss about the necessary claims to promote a stronger public support for its empowerment.

 

In support of IYFF-2014, Khalifa Fund will present its agricultural related projects, which are aimed to increase crop productivity through innovation, leading to sustainable economic solutions. Zaarie, its most recently launched sustainable agricultural programme seeks to support and encourage Emirati farmers to adopt smart farming techniques, namely hydroponics.

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