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Smallholder farmers

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  • Tomatoes and other vegetables on a shelf outside a house

    How can farmers in Ethiopia work safe and smart during COVID-19 lockdown?

    What does farming under lockdown look like – and what are the options for keeping farmers safe while work goes on?

    3 July 2020 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Two women sitting in a field

    No room for manoeuvre: debt prevents investing in the future

    This case study highlights the challenges that farmers in Malawi face when trying to intensify their agricultural production. It focuses on smallholder farmers in the Mwansambo area of Central Malawi. Mwansambo and neighbouring areas are important food and cash crop producing regions. But despite decades of agricultural development interventions, farmers are still struggling to feed their families and invest in sustainable land management

    26 April 2020 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • A man and woman standing in a field

    Difficult choices: balancing competing priorities on Burkina Faso farms

    The SITAM project looked at how to support progress towards sustainable intensification of agriculture in three African countries. This case study looks at how farming households in eastern Burkina Faso are balancing different priorities as they try to increase their productivity

    26 April 2020 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • A woman picking leaves from a tree.

    Assisting communities to seek legal redress for land rights violations

    With increased pressures on natural resources shifting resource control in favour of commercial interests, IIED is helping communities affected by land rights violations to assert their rights.

    11 December 2019 | Article | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Rows of small dishes containing various types of vegetable seeds, including beans and grains

    Madagascar needs agroforestry businesses in its response to climate change

    Madagascar’s forests are under increasing pressure from agricultural expansion, in an increasingly erratic climate. Agroforestry could be a key part of a response

    27 September 2019 | Blog | Climate change
  • People sitting in a pasture

    International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples (INMIP)

    The International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples (INMIP) brings together mountain communities from 11 countries as they seek to revitalise biocultural heritage for climate-resilient and sustainable food systems. IIED provides communications, advocacy and capacity support for INMIP.

    27 June 2019 | Project | Biodiversity
  • Bester Glandson was lent land and taught to grow soy and groundnuts with support from the National Smallholder Farmers' Association of Malawi (NASFAM) (Photo: Olivier Girard/EIF, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Building transparency and trust into smallholder commodity trading and contract farming

    Smallholder farmers have long had difficulties getting a fair price for their produce. A recent IIED webinar discussed how linking farmers to commodity exchanges and an ‘incentive-based’ contract farming (IBCF) approach can help improve farmer-buyer relations and establish more transparent trading arrangements

    13 November 2018 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A new radish variety shown off by Dayanand Joshi

    As climate changes, Himalayan farmers return to traditional crops

    Traditional crops and innovations are offering Himalayan farmers a way to deal with the challenges of climate change, but there is much work to be done for this to become a truly viable alternative

    29 October 2018 | Blog | Climate change
  • A man from Malawi holds cotton in his hands

    IIED webinar: Incentive-based contract farming and agricultural commodities exchanges

    Join our webinar on 3 October 2018 to discuss experiences of supporting farmers in contract farming arrangements

    17 September 2018 | News | Food and agriculture
  • Saba bananas, a cooking banana from the Philippines. Grassroots organisation FARMCOOP works with Philippine farmers’ cooperatives to negotiate fair contracts and build capacity (Photo: Obsidian Soul, Creative Commons via Wikimedia)

    Supporting small-scale farmers in negotiations with agribusiness

    Unequal bargaining power often characterises the relationship between small-scale rural producers and agribusinesses. A recent IIED webinar discussed ways to protect and support farmers when negotiating with companies

    25 May 2018 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Workers in a tea plantation. (Photo: Anil Wadghule, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    IIED webinar: How to support small-scale farmers in negotiations with agribusiness

    Join our webinar on 16 April 2018 to discuss how small-scale farmers can be supported when negotiating with companies.

    26 March 2018 | News | Food and agriculture
  • A young rice farmer at Sélingué, Mali. A new report urges governments and development agencies to develop context-specific strategies and support systems for agricultural advisory services that meet the needs of local farmers (Photo: Mike Goldwater)

    Growing rice needs more than soil and water

    Research in West Africa finds that smallholder farmers are not benefiting enough from investments in irrigation because they are not getting access to the agriculture services they need

    30 September 2016 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Plan Vivo partners at a conference in Sweden commit to actively engage in the implementation and accountability of the SDGs (Photo: Plan Vivo Foundation)

    The SDGs speak and we like what we hear

    Smallholder and community carbon projects have shown they can deliver local benefits and promote climate resilience. Now the Plan Vivo Standard and its partners, representing the oldest ethical carbon standard, have pledged their commitment to the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals

    15 October 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • This family in the Mecati Forest, Mozambique, cut down trees and cleared the land on this hillside to grow a crop of cowpeas. They will use this land for two more years, use the cut timber for firewood, and them move on (Photo: Mike Goldwater)

    2014: the International Year of Family Farming

    See how IIED's work during the International Year of Family Farming helped to raise the profile of family and smallholder farming and its contribution to eradicating hunger, reducing rural poverty and more

    22 April 2014 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • First international gathering of forest producer organisations underway

    The representatives of farmer and forest producer organizations from around the world are gathering today at an international conference held in Guilin, China

    25 November 2013 | News | Food and agriculture
  • A herbalist shares information on medicinal and food plants growing in Kaya Kinondo Sacred Coastal Forest in Kenya

    Smallholder innovation for resilience (SIFOR)

    IIED worked with partners in China, India, Kenya and Peru to revitalise traditional knowledge-based – or 'biocultural' – innovation systems of smallholder farmers in order to strengthen food security in the face of climate change. Traditional farmers continually improve and adapt their crops and farming practices in response to new challenges, using local knowledge and biodiversity, generating new technologies and practices

    16 August 2013 | Project | Climate change
  • Afghan farmers and extension workers assess an okra field in Balkh Province, Northern Afghanistan (Photo: Barbara Adoph/IIED)

    Introduction to building greater local control and resilience into agricultural and food systems

    IIED is working to promote farming systems that are sustainable, productive and resilient – and to support smallholder farmers and farmer-led innovation

    5 August 2013 | Article | Biodiversity
  • Oxen plough a field in Ethiopia.

    African land deals: Is a policy shift underway?

    African governments have played a key role in allocating land to investors. Recent developments hold out promise for more carefully thought out approaches by them in the future.

    15 July 2013 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Share the love this Valentine’s day with fairer flowers and chocolates

    Here’s a step by step guide to the issues so you can both impress your lover with lovely blooms or choccies and your new-found knowledge on how to share the love more widely.

    13 February 2013 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Harvesting paddy fields

    Ensuring small holders aren't squeezed out of agricultural investments

    Tipping the Balance, a new report, has discovered that current popular policies can tip the balance away from small farmers. How can we ensure small holder farmers get a better deal?

    6 December 2012 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Farmers and extension workers jointly assessing an okra field in Balkh Province, Northern Afghanistan

    Agricultural Research for Development: Are we moving in the right direction?

    How far have researchers progressed in including smallholder farmers and NGOs in setting research objectives and making decisions?

    7 November 2012 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A smallholder farmer stands by a bunch of sunflowers in Thika, Kenya.

    How markets can bloom for Africa's smallholder farmers

    New deals between flower-growers in Kenya and big retailers such as Walmart offer African farmers a chance to expand.

    6 September 2012 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Farmer stands in her field of groundnuts boarded by maize in Malawi

    Democratising food and agricultural research

    IIED's action-research work aimed to help farmers ensure agricultural research better meets farmer's needs and priorities

    17 August 2012 | Project | Food and agriculture
  • Provocation 6: Rural youth today, farmers tomorrow?

    This seminar is the sixth in a series being initiated by the IIED /HIVOS Knowledge Programme: Small Producer Agency in Globalised Markets.

    24 May 2012 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Agricultural development: business as usual is not an option

    Following the 2008 global food price hikes and riots, national governments and transnational corporations are increasingly interested in investing in large-scale African agricultural projects. While these land acquisitions gather pace, 925 million people remain undernourished worldwide, with 239 million living in sub-Saharan Africa. In this new context, the question is not only how sustainable large-scale industrial agriculture is, but also what model of food production and farming is most effective in addressing the question of hunger – and for whom.

    5 April 2012 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • 5-step guide to help farmers evaluate agriculture’s hidden heroes

    Smallholder farmers will soon be better able to weigh up the cost and benefits of adopting new practices that support some of the most overlooked contributors to global food security — the insects and other animals that pollinate their crops and boost yields.

    6 March 2012 | News | Biodiversity
  • Provocation 5: Pro-poor business, development and smallholder empowerment

    The fifth in a series of seminars on markets and small-scale farmers took place in Brussels, Belgium on 22 June 2011. View video and reports from the event

    21 June 2011 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Investing in smallholders and workers is good for business

    Across the developing world, food systems and supply chains are changing — exports are rising, particularly in fresh foods, supermarkets are playing an increasingly important role and there is a growing number of standards for safety, ethics and environment.

    21 June 2011 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Provocation 4: Making markets work for smallholders or wage labour?

    The fourth in a series of six seminars on markets and small-scale farmers took place in Manchester, United Kingdom on 25 May 2011.

    7 June 2011 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • A growing call for organisation

    In The Hague, Stockholm and Paris we have heard the call for more support to producer organisations through which small-scale farmers can have a voice in the market. This call was re-iterated at the latest IIED/HIVOS provocation ‘Making markets work for smallholders or wage labour?’ — held in Manchester, United Kingdom, last week, in collaboration with The University of Manchester.

    2 June 2011 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Does the development community focus too strongly on smallholders? (Credit: Flickr/United Nations Photo)

    Fast track out of poverty: farm labour or smallholder?

    When IIED and Hivos launched their ‘provocation’ seminars late

    2 June 2011 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Markets for the poor: the gap between theory and practice

    Within development circles, there’s a common, if recent, mantra that the key to reducing poverty in the global South lies in investing in agriculture. Increasingly that investment focuses on building bridges between small-scale farmers and private markets in approaches known as ‘markets for the poor’.

    6 April 2011 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Are small-scale farmers there to feed themselves and large-scale farmers there to feed the world? Credit: Flickr/Peter Casier

    Can small-scale farmers feed the world?

    The world’s food systems are being squeezed from all sides: rising populations and shifting diets are increasing the global demand for food, while food production is increasingly compromised by climate change and land degradation.

    15 March 2011 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Supporting small-scale farmers: rights or markets?

    Development support for small-scale farmers must be based on both the enforcement of basic human rights and a pro-poor development of markets.

    9 March 2011 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Supporting smallholders: markets, rights, or sovereignty?

    But, according to one speaker at the event, smallholders aren’t helped by either.

    9 March 2011 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Provocation 3: Making markets work for the poor - contents and discontents

    The third in a series of six seminars on markets and small-scale farmers took place in Paris, France on 30 March 2011.

    9 March 2011 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Provocation 2: Rights-based versus market-based development

    The second in a series of six seminars on markets and small-scale farmers took place in Stockholm, Sweden on 3 March 2011. Watch video of the event.

    10 February 2011 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Carbon and labels: an unhappy marriage?

    Agriculture is just one of the sectors in which carbon labelling — the labelling of a product to show how much carbon (and other greenhouse gases) have been emitted during its ‘lifecycle’ — is being used to show how individual products contribute to climate change. The logic behind applying carbon labels to agriculture seems sound enough: agriculture accounts for 10 to 12 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions and produces much of the food we eat and the products we buy. Finding a way to tell consumers how much individual agricultural products contribute to this should encourage them to choose those products with the lowest carbon footprint and help make agriculture more sustainable. But the truth is that it is very difficult to provide accurate carbon labels for agricultural products. And carbon labelling can impact farmers in the developing world in ways that don’t support development.

    11 January 2011 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Provocation 1: Producer agency and the agenda to make markets work for the poor

    The first of a series of ‘provocative seminars’ on smallholders and the ‘pro-poor markets’ agenda took place in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 28th September 2010. Local and international participants gathered to discuss a series of questions put forward by ‘provocateurs’ from Africa, Asia and Latin America.

    9 November 2010 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Modern agrifood markets: Marginalising small producers even further?

    20 September 2010 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Uganda meeting

    Making markets work for small-scale farmers? A series of ‘provocation’ seminars

    IIED, Hivos and collaborating institutions organised a travelling series of ‘provocation’ seminars to challenge conventional wisdom on how to include smallholders in markets and bring fresh perspectives to the discussion on what works and why.

    16 September 2010 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Has agriculture been a winner in the economic downturn?

    While the downturn has hit many economic sectors hard, have farmers prospered?

    14 June 2010 | Blog | Economics
  • Turning the spotlight on agriculture

    Have we glimpsed real signs of economic recovery?

    7 May 2010 | Blog | Economics
  • Small producers in the global market

    Globalisation, and particularly the food crises of 2007-2008 and 2010-11, have renewed interest in agriculture and small-scale producers.

    28 March 2010 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Food and farming futures for small producers and indigenous peoples

    The food sovereignty paradigm affirms the fundamental right of peoples to define their food and agricultural policies.

    15 July 2009 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Peasant Seeds: the foundation of food sovereignty in Africa

    A multimedia publication released in Bamako today, 11th December 2008, captures the deep concern among West African farmers about the privatisation of seeds and knowledge

    12 February 2009 | News | Food and agriculture
  • New business models for sustainable trade

    Millions of farmers in Africa depend on export markets for their livelihoods, but small farmers were missing out on this market

    30 September 2008 | Project | Food and agriculture
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