Home Economics focuses on households as building blocks of societies. It addresses complex, interrelated economic, social and ecological aspects of everyday living and promotes the acknowledgement of our global interdependence.

The International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) is the leading voice in Home Economics. It provides a global forum for Home Economists to advance the profession and achieve a sustainable living for individuals, families and their communities. IFHE was founded in 1908 and holds consultative status with the UN. 

Mission and Aims


We strive to achieve optimal and sustainable living conditions for individuals, families and households through responsible management of resources. Our aim is to

  • promote the value of households as environment where individuals are assisted to reach their potential and acknowledge their global interdependence;
  • raise awareness that households operate within a larger environment and that family well-being impacts all forms of social and economic development;
  • advocate for Home Economics education and support research that establishes an ecological perspective on households.

We share the commitment to protect families, to promote equal rights for men and women and to support the education of children, community education and vocational training.