Dave and Lisa Anderson with Robbie (2 ) and Pippa (4) are
the fourth and fifth generation of Andersons to make their
home at high-country station Bog Roy, on the shores of Lake
Benmore, near Omarama. Photo by Ruth Grundy.
The United Nations has declared 2014 the International
Year of Family Farming.
Under the banner ''Feeding the world, caring for the earth'',
it wants to get people thinking about how families and
communities across the globe work their land to produce food.
Organisers say because consumers are increasingly distanced
from the producers of their food, they want to raise
awareness of family farms and the contribution they make to
their communities and the economy.
New Zealand was founded on agriculture.
In the beginning farming families in this country produced
food to sustain the ''mother country'' - Great Britain.
Today, our agricultural sector exports to the world.
New Zealand farming families escape many of the challenges
faced by Third World countries where it is often the poor who
live rurally and can struggle to produce food.
Farming families in many countries also lack freedom to
determine what and how they will farm.
But there are shared concerns, such as succession issues,
indebtedness, rural and urban tension, and caring for the
It is also a year to celebrate the New Zealand way of farming
- our ''No8 wire'' style - which has produced innovations
which have been shared with the world.
This year, Courier Country will share the stories of
our farming families, in all their diversity, celebrating the
unique ways they have met the challenges and have made
contributions to their communities.
INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF FAMILY FARMING
• In New Zealand the year will be overseen by the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and Trade.
• It is supported by more than 360 organisations globally and
about 50 organisations gathered to support the New Zealand
launch late last year.
• Organic Systems general manager Brendan Hoare is the
Oceania representative and facilitator of World Consultative
Committee to IYFF in 2014.
• Rural Women New Zealand is one of five members of the
national steering committee - Marlborough dry lands farmer
Doug Avery is New Zealand's IYFF ambassador. Events are
planned for throughout the year.