BOOK LAUNCH: UNITED NATIONS DECADE OF FAMILY FAMILY FARMING 2019-2028: REGIONAL ACTION PLAN TO IMPLEMENT THE UNDFF FOR ACHIEVING THE SDGs IN SOUTH ASIA




The UNDFF was launched in May 2019, together with the Global Action Plan for family farming.The UNDFF serves as a framework for countries to develop public policies and investments to support family farming from a holistic perspective, thus contributing to achieving the SDGs by unleashing their transformative potential. The Global Action Plan was developed through a systematically organized 6-month-long consultation process including all relevant stakeholders. It provides guidance to further unleash the potential of family farmers through a series of indicative and interconnected actions from the global to the local level along seven mutually reinforcing pillars of work and by ensuring generational renewal and gender equality in rural areas.

FAO in close collaboration with ICA-AP, SAC and AFA held the first virtual Regional Consultation Meeting on “UN Decade of Family Farming: Formulating Strategies and Action Plan to Strengthen Smallholder Family Farmers in South Asia” in November 2020. The event gathered participants from SAARC countries from government, family farmers’ organizations, civil society, experts, professionals, research institutions and cooperatives. National Focal Point Experts of SAARC Member States, with other government officials, presented the situation of family farming in their country and ongoing and planned efforts to make a national action plan for the UNDFF. This initial regional consultation marked an important step in jointly elaborating the draft regional action plan. It contributed to defining the key priorities, strategies and actions to implement the UNDFF in South Asia.



As an outcome of this consultation, the book, “United Nations Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028: Regional Action Plan to Implement the UNDFF for Achieving the SDGs in South Asia” was launched on 29 July 2021. The book is the concrete result of active engagement and participation of SAARC Member States’ National Focal Point Experts, invited UNDFF experts, authors, and participants. It focuses on- family farming’s constraints, challenges, opportunities, and government policies to contribute to attaining the targets of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the country and South Asia regional levels.

This volume will be useful for the family farmers and their organizations, researchers, academicians, development professionals, policymakers, governments, international organizations, development partners, and civil societies to synergize efforts and strengthen family farmers to achieve the SDGs in South Asia.