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Conference "Family farming: A dialogue towards more sustainable and resilient farming in Europe and the world" (Brussels, 29 November 2013)

The conference drew attention to the important role of family farming, the key challenges and priorities for the future, as well as address the best means of supporting family farms.

>> More on the concept and the importance of family farming


Programme pdf - 856 KB [856 KB]

Summary of proceedings pdf - 5 MB [5 MB]

Video recording


Speeches and presentations

"L'agriculture familiale : pour une agriculture plus durable et plus compétitive en Europe et dans le monde", Dacian Cioloş, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development 

"Expectations of the United Nations and FAO for the 2014 International Year of Family Farming", José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations

"An international agenda for family farming – exchanging views":


Workshop 1: Best practice in family farming

  • Lorenzo Ramos Silva pdf - 169 KB [169 KB] , outgoing First COPA Vice-President, Spain
  • Cinzia Pagni pdf - 108 KB [108 KB] italiano (it) , Vice-President, Confederation of Italian Farmers
  • Henri Rouillé d’Orfeuil pdf - 200 KB [200 KB] , Member, French Academy of Agriculture - graph pdf - 176 KB [176 KB]
  • Matteo Bartolini, President of the European Council of Young Farmers (watch the video recording from 2:57:17)

Outcome of workshop 1 pdf - 399 KB [399 KB] , Pierre Bascou, Head of Unit, Agricultural policy analysis and perspectives, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission


Workshop 2: Access to new technology and research

  • Maira Dzelzkalēja pdf - 426 KB [426 KB] , Vice-President, Latvian Farmers Parliament
  • Ika Darnhofer pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] , Associate Professor, Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Economics, Austria
  • Tom Kelly pdf - 3 MB [3 MB] , Director of Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc - Agriculture and Food Development Authority

Outcome of workshop 2 pdf - 545 KB [545 KB] , Tanja Gorišek, Head of Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Environment, Slovenia, EIP Network


Workshop 3: Organisation models to strengthen family farms

  • Helena Jonsson pdf - 193 KB [193 KB] , President, Federation of Swedish Farmers
  • Krijn J. Poppe pdf - 709 KB [709 KB] , Research Manager and Senior Economist, LEI Agricultural Economics Research Institute, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • Miklós Attila Szöcs-Boruss pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] , Administrator, Eco Ruralis Romania, European Coordination Via Campesina
  • Christian Pèes pdf - 131 KB [131 KB] , President, COGECA, European Farmers' Cooperatives

Outcome of workshop 3 pdf - 192 KB [192 KB] , José Maria Ceberio, Executive Secretary, World Rural Forum


Video message by HRH The Prince of Wales


High Level Panel discussion

“Expected outcomes of the International Year of Family Farming 2014 and International Policies in favour of Family Farming”  (watch the video recording)

  • Chair: Jerzy Plewa, Director General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
  • José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations
  • Dacian Cioloş, European Union Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Ibrahim Coulibaly, President of the National Confederation of Farmers' Organizations of Mali and IYFF Special Ambassador for Africa  (change to original programme)
  • Tsedevdamba Oyungerel, Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism, Member of the State Great Khural / Parliament of Mongolia


During the conference, the results of an online consultation on "the role of family farming, key challenges and priorities for the future" were presented.

>> More info on the online consultation

>> Read the summary of the outcome of the online consulation pdf - 621 KB [621 KB]


The conference outcome will contribute to the FAO European Regional Conference (ERC) scheduled for 1-4 April 2014 in Bucharest, Romania, and to events related to family farming that will be organised in the course of 2014.



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