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The International Year of the Family Farmer

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By Richard Grubb

At the beginning of the year the United Nations announced that 2014 is to be the International Year of the Family Farmer (IYFF). In an announcement that made clear the importance of small-scale family farms in both the developed and developing worlds, the announcement highlights the potential family farmers have to eradicate hunger, preserve natural resources and promote sustainable development.

SONY DSC In India, 615 million people are reliant upon agriculture of which 418 million are small farmers. Family farms constitute 81% of total agricultural holdings in the country and 60% of agricultural production comes from these family farms. In the surrounding areas of Jamkhed where CRHP has been working for more than 40 years their importance is particularly acute. Being an agrarian community, the vast majority of villagers that CRHP works with are intrinsically involved with family farming. Having lived and worked through the past two years of…

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