Farming for people and planet
More of the world’s people rely on agriculture for their survival than any other occupation. But three quarters of the world’s poorest people are farmers, confirming that agriculture simply isn’t working for the vast majority of them.
We help people build farming systems that connect nature (climate, land, water, plants and animals) with people (culture, economics and society). Agroecology can enable smallholder farmers to achieve a decent standard of living, whilst protecting the environment and building natural resources.
This offers a sustainable alternative to intensive agriculture, with the potential to transform the lives of millions of families.
We refuse to accept the only future for food production is an agricultural system that destroys the planet and keeps farmers trapped in poverty.
Understand the evolution of policies for smallholder development, including the role of value chains. This book is ideal for researchers and students of agriculture, agriculture economics and international development as well as policy makers.
This policy brief supports Practical Action’s ‘Planting for Progress’ campaign, which focusses on our work with smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe. Despite providing a significant proportion of the world’s food supply, smallholders are often the most vulnerable to climate change. However, by combining conservation agriculture methods with solar-powered irrigation technologies, it is possible for smallholder farmers to not only survive, but thrive.