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    The poor are particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of high and volatile food prices. Available evidence, while not conclusive, indicates that both urban and rural poor, including poor farmers, are particularly exposed because they are typically net buyers of food (Ivanic and Martin, 2008). Food accounts for as much as three-quarters of the expenditures of poor households in some countries.
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    Towards Stronger Family Farms
    Voices in the International Year of Family Farming
    2014
    With more than 500 million family farms in the world out of 570 million farms, family farming is the predominant mode of agricultural production in the world. Family farms produce about 80 percent of the world’s food in value terms, and collectively they are the largest source of employment worldwide. The United Nations General Assembly declared 2014 the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) in order to raise the profile of family farming in the agricultural, environmental and social polic ies in national agendas. Six Regional Dialogues on Family Farming held in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Near East and North Africa, North America, and Sub-Saharan Africa helped pinpoint the challenges facing family farmers in each region. All FAO Regional Conferences further discussed the main issues facing family farming at regional level. The Regional Conferences were preceded by Civil Society Consultations that broadly debated family farming and made concrete recommendations to governments, FAO and other organizations. The resounding goal of this process is to bring about strong political commitment in support of family farmers. The fruits of this journey are captured in this publication. Together, these key moments weave together a narrative of the challenges and opportunities for family farming at regional level. FAO is grateful to ILEIA for its support in producing this publication to synthesize the outcomes of the dialogues. The publication is not a comprehensi ve account of every action of the IYFF but rather a portrayal of many important voices and experiences gathered throughout major points of the Year, which demonstrate the important steps we have taken together and where we must go in the future in terms of supporting family farmers.

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