Family farming means a lot in terms of food security and environmental sustainability.
In these times of economic crisis, family farming is a flexible and suitable answer to address current challenges, such as climate change and volatility of food prices.
A family cultivates his land for generations. The children follow in their parents’ footsteps, working on the same plots and ensuring the welfare and conservation of the territory over which their family and their descendants will work.
A big majority of farms, both in developed world and emerging countries, are family owned, but this model is facing the risk of being pushed to the margins of the supply chain.
This is also why the United Nations have declared 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming.
Here is another fine infographic on this topic:
More resources: FAO: International Year of Family Farming