More than 250 participants from 66 countries around the world, including representatives from various governments, international organisations such as FAO, IFAD and ILC, agricultural and rural development associations, research centres, cooperatives, trade unions and other civil society organisations came together during the 6th Global Conference on Family Farming, which was held between 25 to 29 March in Derio-Bilbao.

The Conference focused on the development of the global Action Plan for the Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 declared by the United Nations at the international level and also at the local and regional level around the world. The Decade’s ability to encourage the development and implementation of National Action Plans (established in all countries by governments, agrarian organisations, National Committees of Family Farming and other actors) through concrete and solid commitments to significantly improve public policies in favour of family farming, is key for the Decade to meet its objectives and allow us to ultimately achieve the SDGs.

The VI Conference had two internal working sessions prior to the institutional opening on 27 March; the first (25 March) involved an exchange session between Family Farming organisations and the second (26 March) was dedicated to working sessions for young farmers and women farmers.

During the main days of the VI Conference, attendance was high and there was exceptional media coverage. It should be noted that 27 media outlets that have the largest audience covered the event.

Following the introductory remarks by Marcela Villareal, Director of Partnerships Division of FAO, and Ashwani Muthoo, Director of the Global Engagement and Multilateral Relations Division of IFAD, at the institutional opening on Wednesday, 27 March, was attended by Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu (President of the Basque Government), accompanied by José María Zeberio, President of the World Rural Forum; Josefa Leonel Sacko, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission; Mario Arvelo, President of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS); Fernando Miranda, Secretary General of Agriculture and Food from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of the Government of Spain and Leonard Mizzi, Head of Unit C1, DG DEVCO of the European Commission.

That same day, the National Committees of Family Farming (NCFF) worked hard to ensure that their proposals were included in the Action Plan for the Decade. NCFFs are platforms created as a result of the IYFF-2014 that bring together agricultural organisations (which in many cases lead these Committees), associations, research centres and, in various instances, government bodies. NCFFs from 38 countries had the opportunity to meet at this conference.

On Thursday, 28 March, Gabriel Ferrero, Director General of Sustainable Development Policies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain, gave a presentation on the Decade of Family Farming and SDGs. During the day, the working groups’ results of the previous day were made available, and the WRF as well as the people and entities that have made it possible to celebrate its 20th anniversary this year were honoured.

The closing ceremony of the conference was attended by Bittor Oroz, Vice-Secretary of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Policies of the Basque Government, accompanied by Maite Peñacoba, Director General of Agriculture in the Provincial Government of Bizkaia; Joan Brady International Coordination Committee of La Vía Campesina; Arianna Giuliodori, Secretary General of WFO; Oana Neagu, COPA-COGECA Director; Lautaro Viscay, Technical Secretary of REAF-Mercosur and Martin Uriarte, Vice-President of the WRF (current WRF President).

The VI Conference resulted in a final Declaration of Family Farming Organisations and Civil Society Organisations, established by the World Coordination Committee of the IYFF+10 and open for signature by all organisations, in which Governments and the International Steering Committee of the Decade are asked to highly consider the results obtained during these days of global efforts in Bilbao.

The VI Global Conference on Family Farming has made a significant contribution to the process of the Decade of Family Farming, which will be officially launched in Rome from 27 to 29 May. As of 30 May, a phase to fully implement the Decade will begin. It is essential in order to substantially improve the quality of lives of farmers across all five continents.

In 10 years, the world will be very different, it will have made progress in terms of public policies, it will recognize family farming as the key actor in achieving the sustainable development goals, taking into account the coexistence of sustainable food systems and family farmers in the aim of a favourable future. This is the shared aspiration that comes out of the discussions in Bilbao and family farming organizations have promised to continue their efforts as guardians of the Decade of Family Farming.

Source: WRF
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The National Committee for the Promotion of Family Agriculture in Burkina Faso (CNAF Burkina Faso) established in 2015 is an organization born from the National Committee for the Celebration of the International Year of the Family Farming (IYFF 2014) in Burkina Faso. It is comprised of 50 members or sympathizer organizations including farmers’ organizations, development associations and NGOs. This body has been involved since 2017, in the implementation of the “project to improve family farming conditions in Burkina Faso”. The project is funded by the World Rural Forum and is scheduled to end in October 2018.

 

On a family farm in Burkina Faso

The status of the farmer and the family farm are recognized by the Agro-Sylvo-Pastoral Fisheries and Wildlife Orientation Act (LOASPHF) passed in Burkina in 2015. This law is supposed to ensure respect for human rights and social equity in the agricultural sector. Unfortunately, it was not followed by an implementing legislation.

In addition, in 2015, the government began developing the second phase of the national rural sector program (PNSR II). This was an opportunity for farmers to have their concerns taken into account.

The project, currently implemented by CNAF Burkina Faso, therefore aims to contribute to the promotion of family agriculture through the implementation of the Agro-Sylvo-Pastoral Fisheries and Wildlife Orientation Act in Burkina Faso and also through the implementation of the second phase of the National Rural Sector Program.

In concrete terms, the CNAF is called upon, within the framework of this project, to contribute to the adoption of an implementing decree relating to the legal status of farms and agricultural operators as defined by the LOASPHF. It should also defend the interests of family farmers during the drawing up and implementation of the second phase of the national rural sector program. The CNAF is also expected to capitalize on the participation of farmers’ organizations and civil society organizations in the development of agricultural policies.

To ensure that the expectations and concerns of family farmers are really taken into account in Phase II of the PNSR, CNAF Burkina initiated several activities during the formulation of this Program. These include:

  • The transmission to the government of a memorandum from agricultural professional organizations in the form of a memorandum contributing to the preparation of the PNSR II;
  • The holding of regional workshops for the preparation of Agricultural Professional Organizations (OPA) in the framework of the formulation of the regional PNSR;
  • The holding of a workshop to present the conclusions of the regional workshop to strengthen the dynamics of the Agricultural Professional Organizations’ involvement in the formulation process of the National Agricultural Investment Programs for Food and Nutritional Security (PNIASAN);
  • The holding of a national workshop to review the draft document of the PNSR II;
  • Support of Agricultural Professional Organizations and CSOs to participate in regional consultations and the national validation workshop of the PNSRII.

The activities carried out in connection to the adoption of an implementing decree relating to the legal status of the holder and the farmer focused on the review of the LOASPHF implementing texts, which enabled 7 implementing decrees to be tidied.

In perspective, the CNAF plans to train Agricultural Professional Organizations leaders on public policy monitoring, namely on the PNSRII. To this end, the PNSRII document will be simplified, multiplied and disseminated to grassroots stakeholders for better knowledge of the content and facilitation of monitoring. The CNAF experiences in influencing agricultural policies will be capitalized and disseminated.

 

An exchange meeting between the CNAF Coordination Board–Burkina Faso and a delegation of the World Rural Forum

The CNAF is also getting ready to organize a workshop to develop key advocacy messages for policy makers. Meetings are planned with ministerial authorities in charge of the rural sector for the introduction of the decree implementing the LOASPHF in the Council of Ministers. Efforts will also be made at the National Assembly for the adoption of decrees implementing that law.

Consideration will be given to the status of the holder and the farmer operator. A national workshop will be organized for this purpose and a CNAF position paper will be produced.  To enable a wider public to be better informed about the status of the holder and the farmer operator, television debates will also be organized.