ACWW and the Decade of Family Farming

The United Nations launched the Decade of Family Farming in 2019, intending to include all family-based food production methods and food systems at the centre of global attention. Family farming is the predominant form of food and agricultural production1 in both developed and developing countries, producing more than 80% of the world’s food in value terms.2

Decade of Family Farming Quote - da Silva

ACWW is committed to strengthening and improving the quality of life for women in agricultural communities. The life of a rural woman is inevitably impacted by farming and related industries, and it is important that her voice is heard. We believe that people in rural communities must have the option to live safe and empowered lives, including access to education and healthcare.

Sustainable cities and urban communities can only survive and prosper in partnership with strong and healthy rural communities. It is this connection that brought the women of ACWW together in 1929, and which keeps our network thriving today. It is our duty to support this UN Decade of Family Farming, and to ensure that rural women are kept at the forefront of debate on nutrition, food security, and agriculture.

Decade of Family Farming Quote - de Kock

1 In this case, agriculture refers to crop, livestock, fisheries (capture and aquaculture) and forestry.
2 FAO, 2014. The State of Food and Agriculture. Innovation in family farming, Rome, FAO.

What is Family Farming?

Family Farming (including all family-based agricultural activities) is a means of organising agricultural, forestry, fisheries, pastoral and aquaculture production that is managed and operated by a family, and is predominantly reliant on the family labour of both women and men. The family and the farm are linked, co-evolve and combine economic, environmental, social, and cultural functions.

Visit the UN Decade website