Official Launch of the International Year of Family Farming

The International Year of Family Farming 2014 will be officially launched on 22 November 2013, at UN Headquarters in New York, from 3 to 5 pm.

The event will feature a panel discussion on family farming, with presentations from high-level officials such as the General Assembly President, the UN Secretary-General, the ECOSOC President, and the FAO Director General.

The main purpose of the event is to present the general objectives, lines of action and activities to be developed within the celebration of the IYFF 2014. In addition, the FAO Director General will nominate the Special Ambassadors for the International Year of Family Farming 2014, who will be entrusted with the mandate raising the profile of family farming and smallholder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in alleviating hunger and poverty.

The Ceremony for the 33rd Observance of World Food Day, which this year coincides with the 68th anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), will take place the same day, from 1:15 to 2 pm.

The event aims at enabling a rich discussion with contributions from relevant stakeholders, such as representatives from civil society organizations, family farmers organizations, producers and cooperatives organizations, private sector, research and academia institutions.

For more information, please contact the IYFF Secretariat at [email protected]