Just improving farm yield is not enough to lift families and communities out of poverty

Very insightful points raised

Foundation for Young Farmers

Beyond the farm: promoting agribusiness as a way out of poverty

Just improving farm yield is not enough to lift families and communities out of poverty – we also need to change the systems in which smallholders operate

cashew nut factory mozambique

Lucas Domingo, a worker at Condor Nuts, a cashewnut factory near Nampula in the north of Mozambique. Photograph: Henner Frankenfeld/Technoserve

If we’re serious about ending poverty and feeding a growing planet, it’s imperative that we focus on the 2 billion people who live and work on small farms in the developing world. Often, the best way to support these smallholders has less to do with things they can do to improve their farms and more to do with the systems in which they operate.

What happens at the farm level is important, and farmers need access to knowledge that enhance productivity inputs and tools. But to create sustainable growth in agricultural industries…

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