“Now we realise that it is not how much land you have, but what you cultivate and how you cultivate it. We sell some of our vegetables and get good money. My children are in school, and my family is happy and healthy now.”
Dorse Doko, Ethiopia
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 market fluctuations.
We believe that:
Sources: IFAD Rural Poverty Report 2011, FAO/WFO The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2010, 2005 Information Brief Small Farms: Current Status and Key Trends, Oksana Nagayets, 2009 IAASTD Report: Agriculture at a Crossroads.