The International Year of Family Farming

I’m a bit behind the eight ball this year, only finalising my New Year’s Resolutions in mid February and this week finally embracing the fact that 2014 is well and truly here!!  Which means, in case you didn’t already know, welcome to the ‘International Year of Family Farming’ (IYFF) as designated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.  ALRIGHT!  2014 sounds like our kind of year!!

I grew up on a family dairy farm, Matt’s family own a few family farms, and our little ‘Fealy Family’ now works and relies on a family owned farm to sustain us, so you get the picture that ‘Family Farming’ is a big part of our lives.  We believe Family Farm’s should be celebrated and we’d like to do our small bit to raise awareness about the importance of supporting family farming.

So, a few statistics for you first (c’mon – I am an accountant!!).  According to the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF),  “99 percent of Australian farms are family owned and operated. Australia’s 157,000 farmers not only produce 93 percent of Australia’s daily domestic food supply – the clean, healthy, fresh food that Australian families enjoy – they also contribute $38 billion in export income to the economy and manage some 59 percent of Australia’s land”.  That’s a pretty substantial contribution to Australian society I say!!

The United Nation’s says the “2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming, not just in Australia, but by focusing world attention on its significant role in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.”  If you’d like to know more you can go to this website or watch the video below which has been produced by the United Nations.

I’m not sure how best to celebrate and support the 2014 International Year of Family Farming just yet, more to come on this topic – stay tuned! In the meantime, here are a few ways you might like to get involved;

1. The IYFF-2014 photo competition is calling for photos that represent the motto: Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth.  You can enter here.

2. Check out these great 2014 Food Resolutions – maybe you can make your own list?

3. Buy Australian Grown

I’d love to hear how others are celebrating 2014, International Year of Family Farming!  Don’t be shy, let us know!!!

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7 thoughts on “The International Year of Family Farming

  1. Hey this is exciting stuff! Do you know if any events or programs have been organised to support this? Looking forward to where this year takes you. X

    • Hello! This is super exciting stuff! I am in the process of contacting a stack of different organisations to find out if anything has been planned to support this cause – I’m not aware of anything just yet! But we will be sure to keep you posted! Thanks for stopping by!! 🙂

  2. Interesting to know! I wonder what the statistics are for American farming. I’m afraid there would be a lot more conglomerate farming than family farming and the use of genetically modified produce has become a real problem here. There is a move to “buy local” which definitely helps family farmers. I read a great book on the subject by Barbara Kingsolver called “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” that was eye opening and inspiring. I highly recommend it.

  3. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t even realise it was International Year of Family Farming – but now I do! I love the ideas for getting involved too, number 3 is just so important isn’t it!!

  4. Hi Jess,

    Great post. I haven’t decided how we will celebrate the year, both my husband and I are 4th and 5th generation farmers. It makes me so angry when the so called professionals spruik about how the time of the family farm has passed- but the statistics speak for themselves. The corporates just can’t capture the passion and drive that many farming families have for their industry. I look forward to hearing about your plans for the year !!

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