The United Nations has declared 2014 the International Year of Family Farming, the primary aim of which is to promote, develop and strengthen all types of family-oriented agriculture as a socially valuable, economically viable and environmentally sustainable model.
How Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) are contributing to the promotion of local food production and short supply chains.
Quality and organic products are a key part of the Common Agricultural Policy and an important objective of Rural Development policy.
Encouraging rural employment, tackling rural poverty and improving the quality of life.
Supporting EU agriculture, forestry and agri-food industries, combining competitiveness and multi-functionality.