There are around 500 million smallholder farms in the world. With the global population rising, the demand of agricultural products thereby soaring and the need for climate-resilient farming, the significance of smallholders’ role with regards to resilient food systems can only be expected to grow. Through our work with them, we intend to both foster food security and strengthen their resilience to climate volatility and change.
What is the role of smallholder farmers in global food security?
Smallholder farms tend to be located in developing, rural areas and owned or operated by families which are all too often poor and food insecure, with limited access to agricultural know-how, services and markets. Despite these limitations, smallholders play a pivotal role in global food security, producing food for a significant part of the world’s population while maintaining the food supply’s genetic diversity. Through our work with them, we intend to both foster food security and strengthen their resilience to climate volatility and change.
Smallholders deliver important environmental services
The upscaling of actions enabling them can prove significant for local and international climate change strategies. While some of the issues they face are country-specific, smallholders in emerging markets generally lack access to high quality crop inputs and knowledge to perform right and timely interventions based on good agricultural practices. Supporting smallholder farmers in emerging markets in the transition to more sustainable agriculture therefore requires enabling access to information, advice, and technology to work efficiently and safely.
Joint approach to solving the challenges of smallholder farmers
We support smallholder farmers in achieving better yield by providing access to state-of-the-art innovation and facilitating modern farming techniques enabled by digitalization and know-how of climate-smart practices. The challenges faced by smallholder farmers and their communities cannot, however, be solved by a single entity. We therefore blend our expertise with the local knowledge of partner organizations and across the agricultural value chain to promote best practices and increase prosperity in smallholder communities. In so doing, we will also honor our pledge to the UN Food Systems Summit’s “Zero Hunger, Nourish the Future” initiative.