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Smallholder farmers

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  • 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 Scared Coastal Forest in Kenya.

    Smallholder innovation for resilience (SIFOR)

    We are working with partners in China, India, Kenya and Peru to revitalise the traditional knowledge-based — or ‘biocultural’ — innovation systems of smallholder farmers to strengthen food security in the face of climate change.

    16 August 2013 | Project | Climate change
  • Afghan farmers and extension workers assess an okra field in Balkh Province, Northern Afghanistan. Credit: Barbara Adoph

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

    IIED is working to support knowledge sharing between smallholder farmers, pastoralists and agricultural researchers. We are also supporting local organisations and institutions as they seek to develop resilient agri-food systems

    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 work aims to help farmers ensure agricultural research better meets farmer's needs and priorities.

    17 August 2012 | Project | Food and agriculture
  • HIVOS logo

    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
  • 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 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
  • 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 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • New business models for sustainable trade

    Millions of farmers in Africa depend on export markets for their livelihoods. But recent market trends have led to declining small farmer participation. Yet, these farmers have the skill and soil to provide the high-quality products the food industry seeks. This collaborative initiative engaged with research, civil society and private sector partners to develop new business models across a variety of sectors that enable smallholders to participate in sustainable trading relationships with international businesses and thereby improve their livelihoods.

    30 September 2008 | Project | Food and agriculture
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