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Family farming initiative

Family farmers key agents of sustainable development (UNDFF, 2019–2028)










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    A learning framework for inclusive, integrated and innovative public policy cycles for family farming 2023
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    Public policies for family farming – when done appropriately – provide a perfect match between different policy areas related to productive, economic, social, environmental and cultural dimensions of sustainable food systems. The Learning framework for inclusive, integrated and innovative public policy cycles for family farming was developed under the framework of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming (2019–2028) to support policymakers, family farmers’ organizations and other relevant stakeholders to increase their understanding of public policy cycles and family farming related policies. This technical and methodological capacity development programme is adaptable to local, national or regional priorities. It offers a holistic perspective to building knowledge and capacity of the various actors involved in the design, implementation and review of effective and coherent policies and programmes. This learning framework responds to the needs of multiple actors, expressed during the UNDFF pre-consultation process, to identify ways to create truly effective and efficient policy frameworks for family farming, and to better engage and participate during policy processes. To provide an appropriate answer to these needs the learning framework was designed through a participatory process building on the experience of governments and family farmers’ organizations, researchers and UN staff, gathering inputs from all relevant actors around the world.
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    Family farmers at the heart of sustainable agrifood systems
    Rural Radio Initiative 2023
    2023
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    Pillar 4 of the UNDFF Global Action Plan (GAP) recognizes the role of communication as a driver to advance family farming and emphasizes the need for Rural communication services (RCS), improved communication and ICT capacity of family farmers and increased awareness of their central role in the agrifood systems. Radio still is the most widely used medium for sharing information with rural audiences. Building on the experiences gained in 2021 and 2022, a Rural Radio Initiative to raise awareness and advance family farming and sustainable agrifood systems has been developed in 2023 in Africa, Asia and Latin America fostering long-term collaboration between farmer organizations and rural radios. The Rural Radio Initiative 2023 will use a participatory approach to radio programming addressing specific family farmers’ needs and priorities. The initiative intends to empower family farmers, by facilitating knowledge exchange and ownership of the communication activities by the farmers organizations and their members. Farmers’ organizations will actively participate in the design of the radio series by defining topics, organizing broadcast schedules, identifying interviewees and contributing to the sharing of the radio programmes.
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    Policy brief
    What have we learned from trees? Three decades of farmer field schools on agroforestry and forestry 2022
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    Over the last three decades, Farmer Field Schools (FFS) have proven to be an effective discovery-learning-capacity building approach to help rural populations to innovate with more clarity and purpose while building the social skills needed for rural transformation and empowerment. The diverse forestry and agroforestry applications of the FFS demonstrate a high impact on fostering ecological literacy and unlocking creative capacities in problem solving. Producers are encouraged to take ownership of change occurring at the local level. FFSs in forestry and agroforestry can help rural families and producer organizations develop multiple ways of reducing the environmental impacts of agriculture and contribute to rehabilitating ecologies and restoring ecosystems. The experiences of farmer field schools (FFS) around the world show a tremendous potential to advance small-scale forestry and agroforestry. By applying the FFS approach to agroforestry and forestry, it is possible to: Enable family farmers to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and social organization to achieve a more regenerative natural resource stewardship in and through small-scale and family farming, and to collectively contribute to sustainability and climate change targets. Support people-centred forest extension and community-based forestry by demonstrating the key role of better education and ecological literacy in empowering change in rural communities. Develop “response-ability”, i.e. the capacity of small-scale producers to respond to challenges in agriculture, food and natural resources management with renewed creativity, knowledge and technological development. Develop multiple ways of reducing the environmental impacts of agriculture while ensuring food security and nutrition and contributing to ecosystems restoration, climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as biodiversity conservation.

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