Despite the challenges facing smallholder farmers, the agriculture sector has been neglected by national governments and international donors over a sustained period. Furthermore, smallholder farmers, and particularly women, are often excluded from the development of agricultural policies, research and programmes that affect their livelihoods.
The experiences of the African Smallholder Farmers Group show that, with the appropriate financial, technical and social support, the majority of smallholder farmers can increase their production and their incomes in ways that are economically and ecologically sustainable – thereby increasing their economic viability and resilience to unexpected shocks caused by climate change or changes in markets.
ActionAid receives good news from Kisarawe, Tanzania, where some access rights have been won back after a land grab by a UK biofuel company.
Read more about the visit hosted by Send a Cow
A study acknowledging the creativity and ingenuity of smallholder farmers, conducted by Find Your Feet.