Friday, December 27, 2013

2014 International Year of Family Farming

We hope that 2014 will demonstrate to our politicions in Canberra and all State parliaments that family farms are a greater benefit to the country and the community than the corporate giants which get all the attention.
The International Year of Family Farming aims to stimulate policies for the sustainable development of family farms, communal units, and cooperatives.
When the United Nations declared 2014 as the Year of Family Farming, it announced that family farms were important for sustainable food production to achieve food security. The Year focuses on solutions to combat poverty and hunger.
We will do everything we can to get our politicians to recognise this and we will host a number of events throughout the year.

1 comment:

freeranger said...

There is a challenge in attempting to define just what is a family farm. The Family Farm Project in the U.S. has helped with the definition by visiting farms of all sizes to come up with a common thread - the family. Regardless of size and the use of technology or machinery, all family farms rely on the commitment and participation of family members.

A family farm depends on the work of family members for all regular day to day tasks, rather than using paid workers. The use of contractors for occasional work such as fencing or building sheds etc is acceptable but to be a true family farm, outside workers should not be involved in the daily core activities of the farm.

The corporate takeover of agriculture means that family owned and managed farms may become a romantic memory of Australia's past as the relentless march of corporate farming continues. That is the picture painted by research from the Australian Farm Institute in 2012, which pointed to continuing pressure on family farms to get bigger to produce more food at world-competitive prices.