Smallholder livelihoods

Eighty-five percent of the world's farmers farm less than two hectares and grow 80 percent of the world’s food. They represent the backbone of rural economies and a significant part of the global agricultural system. These family farms need urgently to be transformed into thriving enterprises to alleviate extreme poverty and hunger (SDG 2) as well as secure agricultural supply-chains. Well-managed and productive smallholder farms will increase yields, safeguard natural resource and generate sustainable livelihoods – critical success factors to a sustainable food system and strong and successful agribusiness industry, which often rely on the outputs of smallholders. Smallholders are also highly vulnerable to climate change (particularly among rain-fed farming systems) and require focused financial and technical support to adapt to changing weather systems and crop choices/patterns.

The agribusiness industry has a critical role to play in promoting longer-term rural community resilience as well as providing training, technology and finance.


1. Published independent thought leadership on the long-term systemic challenges around evolving rural labor demand and availability (Evolving rural livelihoods and the role of agribusiness. The French version is available here)

2. Co-convened a side-event with International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) at the 2018 Committee on Food Security, on Inclusive Partnerships

Priorities underway:

3. Scoping a Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Agribusiness Finance Platform

4. Developing an Agribusiness Guide to Respecting Human Rights

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