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Friday, January 24, 2014

SDC’s work in supporting smallholders and family farms in developing countries

The UN has declared 2014 the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF). The goal is to raise the profile of smallholders and family farms by focusing world attention on their role in alleviating hunger and poverty. Improving conditions for smallholders and family farms are central goals of the IYFF.

To mark the IYFF, a national Swiss committee composed of agriculture and development cooperation representatives has been established in Switzerland. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has an observer status in the committee.


Three films produced by the SDC address the issue of smallholder farming in developing countries: "Can we feed the world?, " Today’s reality of smallholder farms” and " “Realizing the potential of smallholder farming”. Films

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