Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, May 28, 2014)


International Encounters on “Family Farming and Research” (June 1 to 3, 2014)

On the occasion of the International Encounters on “Family Farming and Research” which will take place in Montpellier from June 1 to 3, France reaffirms its commitment to family farming, which is one of the priorities of its development policy.

Lending support to this farming model, which is responsible for producing most of the world’s food (70% of world food production) and is the biggest source of employment in the world (40% of the global workforce), is a key priority in the context of combating food and nutrition insecurity, and the fight against poverty.

2014 has been declared by the United Nations as the “International Year of Family Farming.” Following the International Agricultural Show (February 22 to March 2) where a ministerial statement in support of family farming was adopted by around 30 countries and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Encounters in Montpellier will bring together researchers, producers, representatives of NGOs and the private sector, and policy makers. Their views on how to strengthen family farming around the world will help enrich the agricultural component of the international conference on climate change due to take place in Paris in 2015.