World Food Day 2014 - families that dig it

By April Annechiarico – 10 October 2014

Despite the rise of corporate farming endeavours, over half of the world’s agriculture still comes from family or smallholder farms.  Recognizing the importance of the family farm in relation to food security, the UN General Assembly has designated 2014 as the “International Year of Family Farming.”

Thursday, 16th October 2014, is World Food Day.  First observed in 1981, World Food Day was conceived by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to bring awareness to the food security concerns that numerous people throughout the world face.

In connection with the UN’s efforts to raise awareness about the role of family farming in 2014, the FAO’s theme for World Food Day 2014 is Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth.”  Family farming takes on a significant role in the fight against poverty by enhancing incomes, encouraging sustainable development, and advancing nutrition and food security.

emerge poverty free, along with the Anasi Farmers Association, is supporting family farming and smallholder farms in the rural areas of the Kasese District, Uganda.  By instructing women on organic farming techniques and soil conservation methods, at the Female Vegetable Farmers Project, we are aiding them in growing their income and alleviating poverty for their families and their local communities.

Through training seminars and practical training at neighbouring model farms, these women learn skills that they can implement in their own farm plots and then also pass this knowledge on to their neighbours.  These female vegetable farmers can then sell their crops at market to increase their household incomes, while keeping a portion of the crops to meet their family’s nutritional needs.

According to our partners at the Anasi Farmers Association, in order to improve food security small scale farmers need constant training on methods of farming and commercial farming.  Please click here to donate to the work of emerge poverty free and aid in our efforts to create a world that is poverty free.

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