International Year of Family Farming
2014 has been declared International Year of Family Farming by the United Nations General Assembly. French stakeholders (professional agricultural organizations, NGOs, local authorities and public bodies) met at the Agriculture Ministry on 18 December, in the presence of Stéphane Le Foll and Pascal Canfin, to signal their commitment for the year’s official launch in France.
Given the history of its agriculture, France promotes a modern, dynamic vision of family farming and its ability to offer responses adapted to contemporary global challenges, be they food-related, social or environmental. The Foreign Ministry and the Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry Ministry place family farming at the heart of their rural development and food security policies. So France would like to be actively and visibly involved in this event.
This international year will be an opportunity to publicize and promote family farming at a very large number of events organized throughout France, but also worldwide, by French stakeholders. The 2014 International Agricultural Show will largely be devoted to this, including a full day, 26 February, with many French and international stakeholders present.
Stéphane Le Foll said: “The latest Common Agricultural Policy reform is already boosting support for family farming, particularly by creating the possibility of increased aid for the first few hectares and of support for agricultural economic organizations. The choice of family farming made by the United Nations, a year after the launch of the agroecology project for France, is an additional opportunity to develop this agroecology dynamic, which is also central to the bill on the future of agriculture, food and forestry, aimed at strengthening the economic, social and environmental dimensions of our family farming system in order to make it an essential element of sustainable agriculture.”
Pascal Canfin said: “On 31 July 2013, the Interministerial Committee for International Cooperation and Development (CICID) reaffirmed the importance of supporting farmers in the countries of the South in our development policy. This commitment by France is reflected in a doubling of its contribution to family farming in sub-Saharan Africa by 2016 via the French Development Agency – i.e. some €400 million in new support per year.”./.