Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has just published a document of great interest for a better characterization or even enhancement of the status of family farming. This publication is primarily aimed at decision-makers and practitioners who will find tools to better fulfill their mission of developing legislative measures aimed at improving the livelihoods of family farmers. Certainly, the definitions of family farming vary according to contexts and geographical areas, but it is always possible to identify some constants and common points. A certain typology of legislative practices in different parts of the world is thus examined. After defining the legal context on which legislative interventions in favor of family farming are mainly based, the report highlights the intertwined nature of the legislative and policy processes that determine strategies for improving the livelihoods of family farmers in various contexts around the world.

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