FAO / ESPINOSA FAMILY FARMERS

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Family farmers, who are on the frontline of global efforts to fight undernourishment and other forms of malnutrition and to promote healthy eating, require stronger support amid rising hunger and obesity around the world, the President of the UN General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, said in Rome yesterday. FAO

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DATELINE: 27 MAY 2019, ROME, ITALY

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1. Pan right, Espinosa arrived, welcomed by Graziano da Silva
2. Photo-op, Espinosa, da Silva, Beasley (WFP) and Houngbo (IFAD).
3. Tracking shot, Espinosa shaking hands with participants
4. Wide shot, UN Decade of Family farming event
5. SOUNDBITE (English), María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the United Nations General Assembly:
“Family farmers are on the frontline of our effort to fight hunger and malnutrition and promote healthy eating as we content with rising hunger and undernourishment as well as rising obesity.”
6. Cutaway, participant
7. SOUNDBITE (English), María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the United Nations General Assembly:
“Family farmers play indeed a crucial role in supporting sustainable agriculture, resilience nutrition systems and better stewardship of our natural resources. In a world where one third of food produced is lost and wasted, and one third of land is used for crop and livestock production, they are vital socioeconomic actors who can support improve livelihood, job creation, community cohesion and development in rural areas.”
8. Wide shot, meeting room
9. SOUNDBITE (English), María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the United Nations General Assembly:
“The UN Decade of Family farming is indeed an opportunity to increase public awareness of the crucial role that family farmers, many of whom are women, youth and indigenous people play in our society and economies. It is an opportunity to capture and share their knowledge and to promote greater cooperation between family farmers in different communities and countries.”
10. Wide shot, podium
11. SOUNDBITE (English) José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, FAO: “One of the first actions of this was in 2014 we coordinated the implementation of the international year of family farming basically supported by civil society organization. The international year (of family faming) was very important to raise awareness about the importance of family farming but most important for themselves to recognise them as family farmers until that moment we used to call them different names: small holders, small farmers etc now they know, and they are very proud to be nominated as family farmers.”
12. Wide shot, speakers
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Gilbert F. Houngbo, president, IFAD:
“At this time of unprecedented population growth we all know and the climate change, there is the urgency to invest in the long term sustainability of the food system so to reverse the current trend, and this mean for us that supporting agriculture value chain that are inclusive and that are benefit to small holder family farmers are quite crucial.”
14. Wide shot, event
15. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Mario Arvelo, Chairperson of the Committee on World Food Security:
“There is a paradox in today’s world, known as the 4/5 paradox: 80% of food is produced by family farmers and, at the same time, 80% of hungry and malnourished people are family farmers and their children.”
16. Wide shot, photo op

STORYLINE:

Family farmers, who are on the frontline of global efforts to fight undernourishment and other forms of malnutrition and to promote healthy eating, require stronger support amid rising hunger and obesity around the world, the President of the UN General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, said in Rome yesterday (27 May).

“In a world where one third of the food produced is lost or wasted and one third of land is used for livestock production, they are vital socioeconomic actors who can support improved livelihoods, job creation, community cohesion, and development in rural areas,” Espinosa said in remarks to over 300 participants gathered at an international dialogue co-organized by FAO and IFAD to discuss challenges and opportunities for family farming.

Espinosa noted that family farmers make an essential contribution to safeguarding agrobiodiversity and traditional knowledge, in the context of alarming warnings that nearly one million plants and animal species are at risk of extinction.

The meeting took place place ahead of the launch on Wednesday (29 May) of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF, 2019-2028) and a Global Action Plan to boost support for family farmers.

Both FAO and IFAD lead activities for the implementation of the Decade of Family Farming, declared by the United Nations at the end of 2017, which aims to create a conducive environment that strengthens the position of family farming, and maximizes family farmers’ contributions to global food security and nutrition.

“The UN Decade of Family Farming is an opportunity to increase public awareness on the role that family farmers -many of which are women and young people- play in our society and in our economies,” Espinosa said. “It is an opportunity to capture and share their knowledge and to promote greater cooperation between family farmers in different communities and countries.”

The Decade is also an opportunity, she added, for governments to adopt policies to support sustainable and diversified family farming and to move towards a new paradigm for food systems and rural development where the focus is “not solely on production but on how to address socioeconomic and environmental sustainability in tandem.”

Family farmers produce 80 percent of the world’s food and are important drivers of sustainable development.

Also speaking at today’s event, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva stressed that since the adoption of FAO’s strategy for partnerships with Civil Society Organizations back in 2013, the Organization has opened its door for family farmers to bring their experience, knowledge and technical capacity to FAO.

“One of the first initiatives was the implementation of the International Year of Family Farming, which was very important to raise global awareness of the importance of family farmers but also for them to be recognized as family farmers,” he said, noting that family farming is at the heart of FAO’s work.
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