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  • Women harvesting vegetables in Shanggula village, Guangxi province, China, can share lessons on sustainable farming with the rest of the world (Photo: Simon Lim)

    Nurturing the shoots of China's sustainable agriculture

    A growing trend towards sustainable food offers hope for addressing environmental, social and food safety concerns associated with China's food system

    23 March 2016 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • The star anise fruit resembles stars: the Thach Ngoa group has five hectares of Illicium verum trees ready for harvest (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)

    Star spice in Vietnam's forests

    Business training for farmers in Vietnam is adding spice to their harvest – and encouraging them to form producer organisations to make more from their crop

    5 August 2015 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A farmer in Tanzania shows the effects of drought on her maize crop. Farmers in developing countries, and women farmers in particular, find it difficult to get multi-peril crop insurance (Photo: Anne Wangalachi, CIMMYT, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Insuring farmers – adapting to climate change

    Climate change is increasing the risks for farmers, but a new form of insurance may provide support

    16 July 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • A tree nursery run by Fedecovera, is the world's biggest exporter of cardamom and a cooperative with 25,000 members (Photo: Duncan Macqueen/IIED)

    Organise to thrive

    In the run up to the World Forestry Congress in September 2015, Duncan Macqueen highlights how Forest Farm Facility support to help groups organise is helping forest and farm producers in Guatemala

    30 June 2015 | Blog | Forests
  • A farmer in a buckwheat field close to harvest time in Gansu Province, China. The country's agriculture is currently facing major environmental challenges (Photo: Han Jianping)

    Sustainable agriculture in China: then and now

    The environmental impacts of China's agricultural production affect not just China, but also the global environment. An IIED and China Agricultural University workshop explored examples and models that could help promote sustainable agricultural practices in China

    26 March 2015 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Renewable energy has a place to play in providing energy access to small farms (Photo via Google reuse rights))

    Calling all energy and agriculture experts: meet, talk and collaborate

    Many of the 500 million small farms that produce the bulk of food consumed in developing countries have no access to modern energy services. Why doesn't more research and innovation focus on getting energy to them?

    29 April 2014 | Blog | Energy
  • Costa Rica's Peñas Blancas Reservoir is the focus of work involving payments for ecosystem services (Photo: Dr Ina Porras)

    Payments for ecosystem services: We can't leave people out of the equation

    What's next for schemes that pay communities to protect local ecosystems? This is what leading researchers and practitioners in the field came together to discuss at IIED's conference in Edinburgh last week

    28 March 2014 | Blog | Economics
  • Matoke sellers in Uganda. Photo: Bill Vorley

    Small producer agency in the globalised market

    What are the strategies and constraints of small-scale producers in an era of globalisation? This project has provided insights that can help in designing better policies and business interventions to support them.

    14 May 2013 | Project | Food and agriculture
  • Book urges new development agenda for small-scale farming

    A three-year study of the ways small-scale farmers operate in Africa, Asia and Latin America has prompted calls for a major rethink of development and business interventions.

    29 November 2012 | News | Food and agriculture
  • Roasted coffee beans.

    World Food Day: how do you keep co-operatives competitive?

    The Food and Agriculture Organization's 2012 World Food Day focuses on co-operatives.This time around co-operatives need to be what the small-scale farmers actually want. Sometimes that means something quite informal.

    15 October 2012 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Focus on small-scale farming: food or jobs?

    The latest ‘provocation’ from IIED and Hivos, held in The Hague last week (24 May), began by asking what the development community can do to support rural youth. And for consultant Felicity Proctor, the answer is clear: “we need to move from agriculture and talking about food security and productivity to enterprise, business and a decent living for many of the rural populations.”

    31 May 2012 | Article | Food and agriculture
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    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
  • Indonesia: Reshaping the debate on small-scale farmers

    17 February 2012 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Productores de pequeña escala como actores en el mercado globalizado. Encuentro de la Red de Aprendizaje Latinoamericana, Lima, setiembre 2011

    Los miembros latinoamericanos de la la Red Global de Aprendizaje del Programa de Conocimientos HIVOS/IIED/Mainumy Ñakurutú, ‘Productores de pequeña escala como actores en el mercado globalizado’ se reunieron en Lima del 12 al 16 de setiembre pasados. Junto con varias organizaciones prestigiosa organizaron y participaron en una serie de reuniones y eventos.

    30 September 2011 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Corporate responsibility: what's in a name?

    At the latest provocation from IIED and Hivos, held in Brussels last week (22 June), a group of around 60 policymakers, academics and development practitioners gathered to discuss, among other things, the role of CSR in achieving development goals such as poverty reduction and the empowerment of small-scale farmers.

    27 June 2011 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Just how inclusive is ‘inclusive business’?

    Discussion at the latest of the IIED-Hivos ‘provocations’ in Brussels last week (22 June) suggests that the first step in assessing how ‘pro-poor’ business contributes to development and smallholder empowerment, is to understand what we mean by the word ‘inclusive’.

    27 June 2011 | Article | Participation
  • Fair trade: still centred on smallholders?

    To what extent do approaches such as fair trade, corporate social responsibility and inclusive business models allow the private sector to meet commercial objectives while also reducing poverty and empowering small-scale farmers? This was the question posed at the latest in a series of IIED and Hivos ‘provocations’ held at the European Parliament in Brussels last week (22 June).

    27 June 2011 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • 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 lat

    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
  • NGOs: friend or foe to markets for the poor?

    Non-governmental organisations can play a key role in facilitating efforts to make markets work for the poor but they do not always reach the most vulnerable groups and can sometimes harm local businesses.

    6 April 2011 | Blog | 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
  • Asian ideas sought as small-scale farmers face challenges of globalisation

    Small scale producers, agribusiness entrepreneurs, researchers, nongovernmental organisations and others from across Asia, will gather in India next week to suggest solutions to the challenges conf

    28 January 2010 | News | Food and agriculture
  • Global network to help African farmers navigate globalised markets

    The network will gather producers, business people, nongovernmental organisations and others from across the global South to produce knowledge that can inform better policies and practices.

    2 December 2009 | News | Food and agriculture
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