Another vital key to the success of the Decade will be the recognition and the strengthening of the National Committees for Family Farming – NCFF (led primarily by family farmings organisations) and other spaces for political dialogue about the development, monitoring and implementation of the National Action Plans for the Decade of Family Farming.
National Committees for Family Farming – NCFF
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- Costa Rica
- Cote d’Ivoire
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Sierra Leone
What are National Committees?
The National Committees for Family Farming (NCFFs) are platforms for political dialogue that are mostly driven by civil society which, in cooperation with the main agents related to family farming in a particular country, aim to promote sound, proactive policies in support of family farming.
NCFFs are inclusive, diverse and integrative organisations that bring together different stakeholders so as to establish themselves as the representative body for family farming at the national level. Any organisations recognised in their country for work in support of family farming can form part of an NCFF, thereby combining the strength to mobilise the base, its different knowledge, skills and expertise in service of family farmers.
NCFFs came into existence in 2013 with the objective of significantly improving public policy and development and investment planning concerning such issues as land rights, seeds, the environment, gender equality, the youth, etc.
The IYFF 2014 stood out with 50 NCFFs created worldwide, encompassing more than 745 agricultural organisations, NGOs, research centres, public institutions and international organisations that aim to promote public policies in support of family farming.
Due to the success of the IYFF 2014 on a national, regional and international level, there are currently more than 40 NCFFs that have continued their work beyond 2014, and new organisations are being formed within the framework of the Decade.
It is worth noting that, at the end of the 2014 IYFF, the International Steering Committee (ISC) coordinated by the FAO, adopted an outcome document in which it expressly recognises the role of the National Committees and the importance of promoting them (Legacy of the IYFF 2014 and the Way Forward).
Likewise, the recognition of the NCFF has been widely included in the resolution of the Decade (A/RES/72/239) and its Global Action Plan, recalling the important role they played in the IYFF 2014 and which also extends to the Decade, where they are also included as key dialogue platforms for its implementation, being mentioned in several goals of the UNDFF Global Action Plan.