The World Rural Forum, through a participative and inclusive process, has articulated a Statement emphasizing the imperative need for global recognition of family farmers catalytic role.
The climate crisis is severely affecting millions of family farmers around the world. Frequent and intense droughts, floods, tropical cyclones, storms, heat waves, rising sea levels, melting glaciers and warming oceans, among others, are destroying livelihoods and communities, and putting the sustainability of food systems at serious risk.
This Statement advocates for policies that promote the sustainable practices that family farmers are already practising or are committed to implement on their farms to address the impact of climate change and drive innovation in new climate action initiatives; for active participation in climate policy making; and for proportional access to mitigation and adaptation funds. Despite family farmers’ crucial role, just 0.3% of public international climate funding was allocated to small scale farming in 2021.
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