The Family Farming Feeds the World and Cares for the Earth

The 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) highlights the crucial role that family farming plays in the sustainable production of 70% of food produced in the world, as well as its part in safeguarding ecosystems and biodiversity.


Family farmers not only produce nearly 70 percent of the world's food, but they are the essential ingredient in alleviating hunger and poverty throughout the world. Food Tank's in collaboration with Greener Media launched a new video which reveals that when farmers have the right tools, they have limitless potential. The video calls upon eaters, business leaders, policy makers, funders, and donors to ensure that family farms receive more attention, more research, and investment.

The United Nations has designated 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) to help bring attention to the important role family farmers play in feeding the planet.
Family farmers produce more than just calories. In the new video, Food Tank highlights how family farmers are an essential part of the equation for a sustainable, food secure world.

The video depicts family farmers nurturing and building healthy soil—the foundation of food production and improved livelihoods around the world.

Family farmers—small and large enhance biodiversity, protect natural resources, and improve local economies. The video highlights how family farmers, small and large, are using innovative agroecological practices to increase yields, improve incomes, and foster environmental sustainability. And Food Tank emphasizes how family farmers are a critical line of defense against economic disparity, water scarcity, deforestation, and extreme weather events.

During the IYFF—and beyond—let’s celebrate how family farmers across the globe are contributing to a nourished, healthy planet.

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