Small Land, Large Impact

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Partners walk through fields in Kenya.
Partners walk through fields in Kenya.
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A farmer in India holds an important main crop, green chilies.
A farmer in India holds an important main crop, green chilies.
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70 percent of the population in Africa are smallholder farmers.
70 percent of the population in Africa are smallholder farmers.
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Access to technology is an important aspect of improving smallholder farmers' financial stability and livelihood.
Access to technology is an important aspect of improving smallholder farmers' financial stability and livelihood.
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Smallholder farms are less then two hectares in size and rely mainly on family labor.
Smallholder farms are less then two hectares in size and rely mainly on family labor.

Smallholder Farming: Small Land, Large Impact

There is nothing “small” about smallholders. Not in their numbers. Not in the challenges they face. Not in the outsized contribution they can make toward helping achieve the UN global goal of Zero Hunger by 2030.

Who are the smallholder farmers?

Smallholder Farming in India
Smallholder Farming in India

Around the world, it is estimated that there are about 475 million farms less than two hectares in size. These smallholder farms operate on 12% of the world's agricultural land and produce 80% of the food that is consumed in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, parts of the world where food security and stable income are still inadequate. The responsibility is large, but for smallholder farmers, access to resources, markets and agricultural know-how often falls short.

What are the needs of smallholder farmers around the world?

Smallholder Farming Women in Africa Women in Agriculture
Smallholder Farming Women in Africa Women in Agriculture

ACCESS TO RESOURCES

Finance / Insurance / Technologies / Digital Solutions / Seeds / Irrigation / Fertilizer / Crop Protection

AGRICULTURAL KNOW-HOW

Water and Energy / Soil Nutrition / Crop Management / Pest, Disease, Weed Control

ACCESS TO MARKETS

Storing / Certification / Price Information / Selling / Processors / Off-Takers

BETTER LIFE

Food Supply / Secure Income / Education for Children / Working Conditions / Empowering Women / Health & Nutrition

How do we empower smallholder farmers?

Smallholder Farming Philippines
Smallholder Farming Philippines

At Bayer, we have been working with smallholder farmers for many years. We want to empower them to reach their farming potential and foster reliable growth for their businesses, communities and livelihoods. In all our actions, we aim to create shared value for all parties: grow businesses, support sustainable agriculture, make our contribution to improve smallholder farmers’ lives and generate value to society.

We have learned there is no one solution that fits all. To tackle the diverse challenges smallholder farmers are faced with, we develop holistic and scalable approaches that continuously evolve in close teamwork with smallholder farmers with a focus on:

EDUCATION

in a variety of areas including agricultural know-how, safe use of products, entrepreneurship, access to resources and to market.

TAILORED SOLUTIONS

that incorporate high quality seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection products and digital solutions to help smallholder farmers maximize their yield in a sustainable way.

PARTNERSHIPS

with public, private and local organizations to combine skills and knowledge in order to meet smallholder farmer’s needs holistically.

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Learn more about Bayer programs that support smallholder farmers:

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Smallholder Farming in Africa
Smallholder Farming in Africa

We recognize that smallholder farmers can have a big impact – an exponential impact in eradicating hunger in ways that respect our communities and the environment. The more we help them, the more they can help their communities and the more rural areas can thrive. Let’s join forces to give smallholder’s a strong voice by drawing attention to their importance for the world.

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