2014 Perspectives

Curated by the FAO Liaison Office for North America with the World Food Day Network, Perspectives is an essay series that digs deeper into the annual World Food Day theme.  This year read different points of view on the value and future of family farming from farmers, ranchers, and leaders in agriculture, research and economics.  Two essays will be featured daily starting September 15 through October 16, World Food Day. 

What's your perspective on family farming?  Share in the comments below each essay!

Today's Featured Perspectives

Farmers-First for Food Security

By The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Canada


Family Farmers Do More Than Feed the World

By United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack


The Wealth of the Land and the Power of the People

By Willie Nelson, Founder and President, Farm Aid



The Big Impact of Small Farmers

By Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, Food & Markets, World Wildlife Fund


Do You Eat Food?

By Greg Lipes, Head Farmer, Lipes Family Farm, West Branch, Iowa


The Cochiti Farmer

By Vena A-dae Romero, White House Champion of Change, Co-Founder of Cochiti Youth Experience, Inc., Granddaughter of a Pueblo Farmer


Black Land Loss and Empowering Limited Resource Farmers

By Dorathy and Phillip Barker, Dairy Farmers, Olusanya Farm, Oxford, North Carolina


The Contract Poultry System

By Kay Doby, Operator, Hot Shot Goat Farm, Cameron, North Carolina & Craig Watts, Contract Poultry Grower, Fairmont, North Carolina


Connecting Farmers and Eaters

By Alex Hitt, Family Farmer, Peregrine Farm, Alamance County, North Carolina & Sandi Kronick, CEO, Eastern Carolina Organics


Growing Sustainably for the Community

By Russ Vollmer, Family Farmer, Vollmer Farm, Bunn, North Carolina


Innovation in Family Farming

By Jomo Sundaram, Assistant Direct-General, Economic and Social Development Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


Once Hungry But Now with Food All Year Round

By Rodgers Mwandira, Family Farmer, Mzimba, Malawi


The Last Hunger Season

By Leonida Wanyama, Family Farmer, Lutacho, Kenya
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