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.
A tool to inform how donors, NGOs and governments can best support smallholders.
ActionAid receives good news from Kisarawe, Tanzania, where some access rights have been won back after a land grab by a UK biofuel company.