Perspectives on Family Farming
By Amy McMillen, Partnerships and Outreach Coordinator, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

In just one month we will observe World Food Day for the 34th time! 

World Food Day, October 16, marks the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and on this day since its inception millions around the world have joined FAO to draw attention to the problem of hunger. 842 million people globally don’t have enough to eat and even more lack the nutrients needed for a healthy, active life. On World Food Day we take action, we speak out, we engage more people, and we take seriously the UN Secretary-General’s challenge for a Zero Hunger World. 

In conjunction with the 2014 International Year of Family Farming, this year’s World Food Day theme is “Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth”. Please join the FAO and the World Food Day Network in appreciating the role that family farmers play in our communities and world. Not only do they provide the food we eat three or more times a day, but they care for the land, water and air we also need to live healthy lives. It should be surprising then that the majority of the world’s hungry people are farmers. This World Food Day, let’s recognize family farmers for their contribution to eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, boosting rural economies, managing natural resources, protecting the environment and achieving sustainable development.

Today we launch the 2014 Perspectives Essay Series. We hope you enjoy this selection of essays from family farmers from Canada, the United States and around the world, as well as, contributions from leaders and experts in agriculture, economics and conservation. Starting today through October 16, new selections will be offered daily. The series promises to be provocative, insightful and educational, and we hope it demonstrates to us all that family farmers deserve our attention and support.  

Read the introductory essay by Barbara Ekwall, Senior Liaison Officer in Washington, DC for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and check back in tomorrow for two videos that will take us to the farm!  

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