October 22, 2014 | 12:00 - 15:00

World Food Day Discussion: Family Farming in the 21st Century

Washington, DC

To Celebrate World Food Day

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with The National Geographic Society, is organizing a discussion on “Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth – Family Farming in the 21st Century.”

The event will bring together policy makers, opinion leaders, family farmers and business executives, to explore the role of smallholder farms in the U.S. and around the world. Prof. Sanjaya Rajaram, 2014 World Food Prize Laureate, will provide the key-note speech.

A Discussion of Family Farming

The objective of the World Food Day event Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth – Family Farming in the 21st Century is to promote awareness of the significant role of family and smallholder farmers in eradicating hunger and poverty, in providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas. In particular, the dialogue will:

  • Develop a common understanding about the role of family farming at the global and domestic levels, today and in the future
  • Provide an overview of the present situation and future challenges and opportunities of family farming in the world and in the U.S.
  • Offer an opportunity to share experiences and knowledge on family farming practices
  • Discuss appropriate policies and enabling environment for sustainable development of family farming

For more information, visit FAO’s event webpage.

Event Details


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