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Global Forum of the UN Decade of Family Farming 2019–2028 begins

FAO and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are co-organising the Global Forum of the UN Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 (UNDFF), which is being held virtually from 19-22 September. It is an opportunity to hear from different actors and hold discussions to identify priority policies and technical areas that will shape the UNDFF agenda for the next period of implementation and will more effectively support family farmers and family farming worldwide.

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1st UNDFF Global Forum to highlight Outcomes, Experiences, and Challenges in Family Farming

After three years of implementation, the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) 2019-2028 will hold its first virtual global forum on Sept.19-22. Co-organized by FAO and IFAD, the UNDFF Global Forum aims to provide a general overview of policy trends and the relevance of family farming vis-à-vis the Sustainable Development Goals and the present global development agenda. The forum will also serve as a platform for sharing of lessons, experiences,  challenges, and

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Farmers in Odisha use radio as main source of agricultural information

Despite the abundance of mobile phones and increased internet penetration, a survey among farmers from Odisha, India, found that the radio was still the primary source of general agricultural information. One hundred and twenty farmers participated in the said survey. It was conducted by Visva-Bharati University in West Bengal. The farmers were of middle age, between 41 to 50 years old. Majority owned between 0.51 to 1 hectare of land

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Listening to the Community: Participatory Family Farming Radio Campaign

Participatory content development and involvement of the audience throughout the production cycle is one of the most significant highlights of a local broadcaster. This characteristic has been maintained during the production and dissemination of all radio programs produced to propel the Regional Awareness Radio Campaign under the aegis of the United Nations decade of Family Farming (UNDFF). A key moment in the participatory process is the impact assessment of the programs.

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UNDFF

After three years of implementation, the UN Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 (UNDFF) will host its first Global Forum on 19-22 September 2022. Since its launch in 2019, the Decade has been promoting integrated actions supported by cross-sectoral policies that address the environmental, economic and social dimensions of sustainable development. This approach resulted in the approval of 3 Regional and 10 National Action Plans for family farming, while 186 relevant policies, laws and regulations were developed and endorsed around the world for the support of family farming.

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Innovative Contract Farming Arrangements in Asia and the Pacific

Digitalization, gender-sensitive regulations and risk insurance are changing contract farming. Contract farming is a forward agreement between farmers and agribusinesses for the production and supply of agricultural commodities. In Asia and the Pacific, informal transactions are still the norm. However, contractual agreements are on the rise, especially for high value agricultural commodities. As contract farming arrangements grow in number and become more sophisticated, a series of innovations are emerging to enhance their

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Smart Farming Technology for Small-Scale Farmers in Thailand

Smart farming technology is a new agricultural innovation in the digital era that adopted various ICTs in the farm. Smart farming leads to the efficient use of production factors, the increase in quality of farm production, cost-effectiveness, reducing environmental impact, cost of production, and labor, saving time and leading to sustainable agriculture. Smart farming is considered as one of the important strategic goals in Thailand. The country intends to transform

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FAO, IFAD Spearhead Regional Dialogue on Family Farming in Asia and the Pacific

On 29 June 2022, FAO and IFAD, in their capacity of joint secretariat of the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) have organized a virtual Regional Dialogue on Family Farming in Asia and the Pacific: Leveraging the role of family farming towards more inclusive and resilient food systems in response to crises. This was supported by an informal preparatory group representing Family Farmers’ Organizations and regional rural development NGOs: the

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FAO, IFAD Spearhead Regional Dialogue on Family Farming in Asia and the Pacific

On 29 June 2022, FAO and IFAD, in their capacity of joint secretariat of the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF) have organized a virtual Regional Dialogue on Family Farming in Asia and the Pacific: Leveraging the role of family farming towards more inclusive and resilient food systems in response to crises. This was supported by an informal preparatory group representing Family Farmers’ Organizations and regional rural development NGOs: the

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ComDev Asia holds Regional Forum on Rural Communication Services (RCS) for Family Farming

The Regional Forum on RCS for Family Farming in Asia and the Pacific was held last 28 June 2022. The event was attended by ComDev Asia partners from the Food and Agriculture Organization, Digital Green, Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development, Self Employed Women’s Association, as well as representatives from national government agencies.   The regional forum was meant to provide a platform for the discussion of recommendations for advancing

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