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Small-scale farmers

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  • A woman picks beans. She carries a basket with aubergines with her head.

    Inclusive dialogue gets priorities of Nepal’s rural producers recognised in local law

    Binod Gautam reflects on a participatory local-level law-making process, developed to tackle the barriers that marginalise rural smallholder producers in Nepal

    25 July 2022 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Farmers harvest crops in fields.

    Championing public participation in Kenya’s trade negotiations

    International trade agreements have far-reaching impacts on rights, livelihoods and the environment. Yet there is little transparency in negotiations and few opportunities for the public to engage. Lorenzo Cotula spoke with Edgar Odari about how Econews Africa is promoting public participation in Kenya’s international trade negotiations

    29 June 2022 | Article | Economics
  • A man stands behind a desk raising an object in the air as he makes a demonstration to people seated in a semi-circle around him.

    Which green energy technologies will boost jobs and income? Farmers in Kitui, Kenya decide

    Informed by the needs and priorities of local communities, a project in Kitui county, Kenya has been exploring how green energy technologies can create employment and generate more profit for agriculture and poultry farmers

    7 April 2022 | Blog | Energy
  • Woman selling vegetables

    Agricultural contracts and farmer agency: a shift in perspective

    Support initiatives should assist farmers’ own efforts to renegotiate trading relations, rather than assuming producers gain most from integration in agribusiness-led activities

    17 May 2021 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Mary Tiffen headshot

    Remembering Mary Tiffen, a drylands pioneer

    Gill Shepherd reflects on the life of the late Mary Tiffen, who conducted groundbreaking research on the African drylands over three decades

    1 June 2020 | Article | Drylands and pastoralism
  • 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 farmer looks at her flock of sheep

    Critical theme: Small-scale farming and the future of the European food system

    Globally, small-scale farming is crucial for producing food and for sustaining the livelihoods of millions of people. In European food systems, the important but under-appreciated role of small-scale farmers is under threat from external drivers. On Wednesday, 22 January 2020, IIED hosted a critical theme event to discuss how small farms fit in the future context of the UK and European food system

    16 December 2019 | Event | Communication
  • Elephants roam the plain in Kenya

    Livelihoods Insurance from Elephants (LIFE) in Kenya and Sri Lanka

    IIED is working to facilitate private markets to insure small-scale women and men farmers for damage caused by human-wildlife conflict, primarily from elephants. This will provide support for insurance in two countries, Kenya and Sri Lanka

    26 October 2018 | Project | Biodiversity
  • 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
  •  A cup of coffee. We are drinking more coffee: the International Coffee Organisation says world coffee consumption has been rising by an average of 2.3 per cent per year (Photo: Benedicto de Jesus, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    A new kind of brew: smallholder coffee and carbon

    Has shade coffee shed new light on the multiple benefits from improved agricultural systems? Ina Porras blends together a number of thoughts after a side event at the Global Landscape Forum

    8 December 2015 | Blog | Climate change
  • 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
  • Book charts path from harmful land grabs to people-centred investment in Africa

    The time is ripe for a new approach to the large-scale land deals that ultimately connect millions of consumers and savers in rich nations with millions of poor rural farmers in Africa, says a new book by one of the world’s leading experts in such deals.

    15 July 2013 | News | Land acquisitions and rights
  • 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
  • Farmers sort tomatoes in Ethiopia.

    How small-scale farmers make markets work for them

    Our new book shines light on how small-scale farmers are making their choices — about how to modernise appropriately, and about balancing costs, risks, benefits and uncertainties.

    28 November 2012 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • People point to a computer screen.

    ELLA - sharing Evidence and Lessons from Latin America

    Read how ELLA’s online Learning Alliances are sharing Latin American experience with sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

    12 November 2012 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • 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 | News | Food and agriculture
  • Responding to the realities of rural youth

    Across the developing world, rural youth are turning their back on small-scale agriculture. Fed up with limited access to markets, assets finance and infrastructure in rural areas — and lured by the thought of better jobs elsewhere — young people are increasingly choosing a mobile livelihood, moving to and from bigger rural towns or cities and combining a series of income-generating activities, in both rural and urban areas.

    31 May 2012 | News | Food and agriculture
  • Boys herd family cows in Wakesi, Kenya while dark grey storm clouds gather behind.

    Looking beyond land to support rural youth

    This was one of the conclusions of participants at a provocative seminar ‘Rural youth today, farmers tomo

    30 May 2012 | Blog | 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
  • Small-scale producers in the globalised market

    The Latin American Learning Network members of the Knowledge Programme ‘Small producer agency in the globalised market’ convened in Lima from 12 to 16 September. They organised and participated in a series of meetings and events in conjunction with various prestigious organisations. The highlight of the programme was the International Forum ‘Small-scale producers: Actors in Globalised Markets and Food Security?’ on 14 September, organised by the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.

    23 September 2011 | Event | 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 | Sustainable markets
  • 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
  • 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?

    The latest ‘provocation’ seminar from IIED and Hivos, held in Paris last week (30 March), began by asking who are the contents and discontents of development approaches to make markets work for the

    6 April 2011 | Blog | 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
  • 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 28 September 2010

    9 November 2010 | Event | 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 | Event | 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
  • 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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