Fair ideas - Changing mindsets: small-scale farmers in the globalised market

17th June. Room: Pastoral, 14:00 - 15:30

Language: English, with simultaneous translation into Portuguese

Led by: Hivos, the Netherlands; IIED, UK

Global agriculture is a story of small farms. The world is looking to its half billion small-scale farms to deliver on food security and inclusive economic growth, in the face of modernisation and globalisation. This session, presenting the insights from a Knowledge Programme on small producer agency in the globalised market, stresses the need to reshape our thinking on how small-scale farmers can deliver on those huge expectations. The widely advocated strategy of connecting small-scale farmers to modern markets through economic organisation and inclusive business  is often at odds with the realities of most of these producers. A policy brief will accompany the event.




Bishwadeep Ghose (chair), Knowledge Officer, Green Entrepreneurship, Small Producer Agency in Globalised Markets, Hivos, Netherlands

Bill Vorley, Principal Researcher, Sustainable Markets Group, IIED, UK

Ronnie S. Natawidjaja, Director, Center for Agricultural Policy and Agribusiness Studies (CAPAS), Padjadjaran University, Indonesia

Bihunirwa Medius, Head of the Farmer Enterprise Development Unit, Kabarole Research and Resource Centre, Uganda

Falguni Guharay, Coordinator, Servicio de Información Mesoamericano Sobre Agricultura Sostenible (SIMAS), Nicaragua


A fair, free and sustainable world: that is what Hivos, the Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation, wants to contribute to. Together with local organisations in developing countries, Hivos strives for a world in which all citizens — both men and women — have equal access to resources and opportunities for development.

IIED is a policy research organisation with 40 years of experience in linking environment and development. Based in London and working on five continents, IIED specialises in linking local to global.

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