The identification and characterization of family farming is an essential step to understand the needs and potential of this sector, and to design and implement differentiated programs and policies that effectively reach this target audience.

Latin American countries have made progress in the design and adoption of instruments for the conceptualization, characterization, classification and registration of family farming, taking into account national specificities, as a way of constructing and adapting their policies and, mainly, recognizing family farming as a important axis for development.

An emblematic case is that developed by the countries that make up the REAF-MERCOSUR Family Farming Specialized Meeting, where agreed criteria have been established for the definition and identification of family farming, which have led to the implementation of voluntary Family Farming Registries. and differentiated policies. Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay have these registries in operation, and other countries such as Panama, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic are working on their operation.

Sowing products

systems capabilities information


Recommendations for the management and use of ACFC information


Sowing Capacities Project

Peasant, Family and Community Agriculture in Colombia and Brazil


Virtual conversation promoted knowledge exchange between Brazil and Colombia on registration and characterization of family farming