It seemed like a rare opportunity to bring agriculture to the fore when, in 2014, the United Nations’ General Assembly declared it to be the International Year of Family Farming. At the time, it said the declaration was to “raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources and protecting the environment.” The UN has a significant agriculture awareness. In recent memory, it also declared 2015 the International Year of Soils, and announced 2020 will be the International Year of Plant Health.…
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