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            Family farmers produce approximately 40 percent of major crops in Brazil. They produce  84 percent of all crops in the US. Finally, they produce 84 percent of yam, rice, manioc, maize and bean in Fiji. Family farmers have a high potential to eliminate hunger. That is why the UN choose Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth” to be the focus of World Food Day 2014.

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Based on the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,

“Family farming is a means of organizing agricultural, forestry, fisheries,

pastoral and aquaculture production which is managed and operated by

a family and predominantly reliant on family labour, including both

women’s and men’s.”

This is how FAO views family farming. However, they are extremely diverse and their definition varies throughout the world. Family farmers are hard workers. They are responsible for the majority of crop production in most countries.

Despite family workers importance, they are not greatly appreciated. They are not recognized for their hard work. Because of this injustice, the UN’s FAO has dedicated this years World Day theme to family farmers. They have made 2014 the international year of family farming. This is to focus the world’s attention on their significant role in providing food security, and to recognize the important contribution of family workers to the world.

Meral Fahmi