Smallholder Farming: Small Land, Large ImpactThere 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?
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?
ACCESS TO RESOURCES
ACCESS TO MARKETS
How do we empower smallholder farmers?
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:
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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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