IFOAM recognizes the essential role of family farming and smallholders in food production and sustainable rural economies. Organic Agriculture based on the scientific discipline of agroecology has proven effective in achieving ecological, agronomic and socio-economic intensification for smallholder farming. That is, it can help strengthen social structures, develop innovative networks and promote entrepreneurship.
IFOAM calls for improved local, national and international policies to promote sustainable organic family and smallholder systems and businesses.
The Global Dialogue on Family Farming took place on 27-28 October took at FAO, in Rome. The event brought together more than 300 participants, including a large delegation – around 100 - of family producers with the aim of galvanizing concrete action in supporting family farmers beyond the International Year of Family Farming 2014 (IYFF2014).
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Farmers Forum is an on-going dialogue between IFAD, small farmers’ and rural producers’ organizations and governments, focused on agricultural and rural development and poverty reduction.