The European Commission organizes tomorrow, 29 November, a conference on family farming in Brussels, as its first contribution to the UN's International Year of Family Farming 2014 launched last week.
Drawing attention to the importance of family farming the conference will gather participants from around the world and from very diverse social horizons, including UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva.
The results of the online consultation on family farming carried out earlier this year will be presented, as a starting point for further reflection on the best ways of supporting family farms.
The world is fed by more than 500 million of family farms, which represent more than 80% of farms worldwide. These are in a position to make a decisive contribution to food security, sustainable management of natural resources and conservation of biodiversity. They are also key to a balanced territorial development taking local specificities into account.
The conference outcome will contribute to the FAO European Regional Conference that will take place in April 2014 in Bucharest, and to other events related to family farming in the course of 2014.