‘Small holder farming has a role in eradicating hunger’

Friday Balcao, the fortnightly discussion event to be held on January 10, will focus on the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) and its importance for Goa.

Friday Balcao will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Goa Desc Resource Centre, No.11 Liberty Apartments, Feira Alta, Mapusa (north Goa) and is open to public.

Raising profile

The IYFF aims to raise the profile of family farming and small holder farming by focusing on its significant role in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment and achieving sustainable development in rural areas in particular.

“The goal of IYFF 2014 is to reposition family farming at the centre of agricultural, environmental and social policies by identifying gaps and opportunities,” said Roland Martins, co-ordinator of Friday Balcao.

The discussion will address the aims of IYFF 2014 in the context of the farming traditions in Goa, the Communidades (Goa’s age-old village land communes), the interest in reviving family farms in Goa, the formation of farmers’ clubs, the shift to organic farming and the enthusiasm to start kitchen gardens.

The discussion will also examine the role of the Directorate of Agriculture and Goa State Horticultural Corporation Ltd., NGOs like Botanical Society of Goa (BSG), Organic Farming Association of India (OFAI) and educational institutions promoting vocational studies, in observing the IYFF 2014.

For further information on Friday Balcao, email to goadesc@gmail.com.

‘The goal of IYFF is to reposition family farming at the centre of policies’