by Danielle Nierenberg
According to UN Food and Agriculture Organization, family farming includes all family-based agricultural activities. Family farming is a means of organizing agricultural, forestry, fisheries, pastoral and aquaculture production, which is managed and operated by a family and is predominantly reliant on family labor. In addition, FAO reports that based on data from 93 countries, family farmers account for an average of 80 percent of all holdings, and are the main producers of food that is consumed locally.
by Barbara Castro
From the moment you watch the opening stunning shot of a gazelle running across the desert landscape in total silence you know you are in the hands of a master filmmaker. The gazelle is chased by men in a Land Rover who are not out to kill the animal as much as to torture it. These same men will later walk the streets stalking the residents of Timbuktu. On and on their messages drone through megaphones forbidding all music, sports, and social life. Women are ordered to cover their heads, their bodies, their hands and their feet.