Being the proud daughter of parents who both were raised on farms in Eastern Europe, I was pleased to learn early in the year that the United Nations declared 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) to highlight the importance of family and smallholder farmers. Throughout the year, organizations like Food Tank joined with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and over 360 civil society and farmers’ groups in celebrating the role these farmers play.
According to the FAO, of the more than 570 million farms in the world, more than 500 million are family farms. With the world population expected to reach nine billion by 2050, FAO stresses that family farms can play a key role in scaling up food production to meet the needs of a growing world population. In fact, FAO dedicated its annual report to agricultural innovations in family farming.
The Institute of Food Technologists also put the spotlight on agricultural innovations with its FutureFood 2050 program, which highlights the people and stories leading the efforts in finding solutions to safely feed these nine billion people. The program includes interviews with agriculture pioneers who are mixing and matching technology, both old and new, to boost agricultural production sustainably in the years ahead.
However, in order to accommodate the needs of a growing population, government also needs to support more new and young farmers entering the field of agriculture.| | | Next → | Single Page
About Marian Zboraj
Marian Zboraj is the Professional Editor of Food Quality & Safety. She has worked on the publication since late 2012, working from the John Wiley & Sons corporate headquarters in Hoboken, N.J. Marian has extensive editorial experience, holding editorial positions in the B2B publishing industry since 2001 and working on a variety of topics such as nutracueticals, eyecare, and industrial manufacturing. She resides in northern New Jersey. Reach her at email@example.com.