Sustainable farming for smallholders is a challenge
Around 90% of the farms globally are small (less than two hectares in size) and cultivated by 1.5 billion of the world’s poor. They often lack secure access and rights to land, productive resources, knowledge, markets and opportunities.
Importantly, they lack the information they need to sustainably increase their yield while protecting the environment.
We’re on a mission to change that.
""A sustainable world is one where people can escape poverty and enjoy decent work without harming the earth’s essential ecosystems and resources"
To move closer to smallholder sustainability, we need
Gain clarity on the problems smallholders face, and the critical information they need to sustainably increase their yield.
Collect relevant data in the field. Combine it with satellite data so that information can be tailored to specific locations.
Integrate and analyse the relevant data sets. Work with experts to translate the data into actionable insights for farmers.
Provide farmers with a mobile application with tailor-made advice. Monitor farmer’s progress and compliance with sustainability standards.
Explore stories of change
Indonesia’s government are aiming for food self-sufficiency by improving farm techniques, promoting climate-smart agriculture, improving efficient use of inputs, and increasing the knowledge of farmers on Good Agriculture Practices.Increasing the yield of smallholder farmers in Indonesia with SMARTseeds
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation initiates programmes to alleviate poverty across the globe. Their smart water for agriculture (SWA) programme aims to save water and energy in farming practices across selected counties in Kenya.Increasing the profitability of farmers in Kenya with SNV
GREENCoffee is a public private partnership of ten partners from the Netherlands and Vietnam, all working to ensure a sustainable future for coffee farmers in Vietnam.Creating a sustainable information service for coffee farmers in Vietnam with GREENCoffee
The World Vegetable Center is an international nonprofit institute for vegetable research and development. This project sets out to reduce malnutrition in the target provinces in Cambodia, in particular of women and children.Reducing malnutrition in women and children in Cambodia with the World Vegetable Center
Sustainable Harvest International (SHI) mitigates environmental degradation and rural poverty by encouraging the adoption of regenerative farming practices.Planting systems of change in Honduras, Belize and Panama with Sustainable Harvest International
The Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) is a multi-stakeholder platform established in 2011 to promote resource efficiency and sustainability in trade flows, production and consumption operations, and supply chains in the global rice sector.Sustainable rice certification in Pakistan, India and Cambodia with Mars Food
partners have monitored smallholders with our platform
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