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International Year of Family Farming 2014

The ‘iron buffalo’ or walking tractor is used to prepare a paddy field for rice seedlings near Sekong, Laos. Photo by Jim Holmes for AusAID

China has nearly 200 million small farms covering 10% of the world's agricultural land and producing 20% of all food in the world.

The 2014 International Year of Family Farming raised the profile of the role that family farming can play in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment and achieving sustainable development, particularly in rural areas.

Both in developing and developed countries, family farming is the predominant form of agriculture in the food production sector. The majority of farms with an area less than two hectares in the world in area are in Asia and nearly 80% of farms in Africa are less than two hectares.

Supporting farmers to increase production while using water and soil efficiently will improve food security, preserve traditional food products, safeguard biodiversity and protect the environment. Assisting farmers, men and women, to access finance and markets will help to increase economic outcomes and stability.

The 2015 International Year of Soils will continue this work.

Going further
Caritas primary and secondary education materials about food security, sustainable agriculture and fair trade
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Aid stories:

Food and Agriculture Organization International Year of Family Farming 
International Year of Family Farming Campaign 
Global Education website, Food security  

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