Is GCARD2 addressing smallholders’ real problems?


In one of yesterday’s parallel sessions at the second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2), a crucial issue was raised: land access to smallholder farmers. “We are dealing with smallholders but sometimes even with super-smallholders!” one of the participants said.

In the eyes of some participants, the GCARD2 is a very “big” conference. What is said in this forum has the potential for huge impact. In such a conference big, global problems need to be addressed.

Global trading and price volatility, developed countries dumping under-priced products in poorer countries, for one example. Land access and land grabbing, private companies buying arable land on developing countries, for another. How about storage conditions and the losses it causes – up to 40% of production?

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