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The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 on 20 December 2017 in order to improve the position of family farmers in all five (5) continents. The declaration of the Decade ensures the continuity of the successful IYFF-2014 process by advancing the implementation of public policies and facilitating the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its SDGs. Now, it is up to us to successfully implement the Decade by seizing this enormous opportunity, the fruit of our labour.

The VI Global Conference will be a preparatory event of the launching of the Decade, to be held in Rome weeks later. The preparatory event in Derio, Basque Country, Spain, will serve to:

  1. i) Generate a deep programmatic discussion (What do we specifically want to achieve with the Decade of Family Farming?), and
  2. ii) Achieve the involvement of hundreds of new actors in the Decade (governments, agrarian organizations, rural associations, cooperatives, research centers, etc).

Later on, the launching in Rome will serve to i) give great visibility and ii) generate high-level political commitment to the Decade.

The Decade for Family Farming is our opportunity to, collectively, achieve more and better public policies for Family Farming and defend existing ones; to be a major force behind the implementation of said policies; to make sure Family Farming is understood and recognized for its worth; to put people ahead of major interests; to build a better future in our rural areas and, also, in our cities.


The meeting will bring together representatives from various governments, agricultural organizations, international organizations (such as FAO and IFAD), National Family Farming Committees, rural development associations, NGOs, cooperatives and research centers from all five continents together.


The 5th Global Conference of the WRF, entitled LET’S BUILD THE FUTURE: Family Farming was held in Derio, Biscay, in 2015 and paved the way to implementing the successful IYFF+10, an initiative that has led to the adoption of the Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028.


  • Establish, collectively, a common agenda to implement the Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 at the national, regional and global levels.
  • Facilitate the involvement of new actors in the Decade of Family Farming.
  • Promote collaboration and partnerships between different actors (governments, international organizations, agricultural organizations, rural associations, research centers, etc.) to facilitate the implementation of the Decade’s agenda.
  • Increase visibility and recognition of Family Farming and its fundamental role to feed people, create jobs and fight climate change, among others.
  • Encourage the development and implementation of public policies in favour of Family Farming that contribute to the achievement of the Decade’s agenda within the SDG framework.
  • Enhance mechanisms and platforms for policy dialogue, particularly the National Family Farming Committees.
  • Strengthen Family Farming organizations through exchanges of knowledge, information and experience.


Venue: The Conference will be held in the Hotel Seminario Bilbao, in Derio (Basque Country, Spain).

Dates: From 25 to 30 March 2019.

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