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Despite its enormous contribution to food security and to rural economy, small-scale agriculture faces a number of intertwined constraints that are impeding its productivity, its profitability and its contribution to economic growth. These include a limited access to productive assets (land, water and capital), poor linkages to markets and the absence of an enabling environment and supportive policies.

Small Scale Family Farming

The initiative on Small Scale Family Farming provides the region's countries with a cohesive framework to promote small-scale agriculture as a means to reduce rural poverty in the Near East and North Africa Countries.

The Initiative adopts an integrated approach focusing on the promotion of decent rural employment and an inclusive economic growth that will benefit small farmers from the region and, in particular, the most vulnerable groups among them: women and youth.

Directly working with government, smallholders, cooperatives, formal and informal rural institutions and producer’s organizations, the Initiative addresses challenges to the development of small-scale agriculture in the region and advance policy options to sustainably improve productivity, quality and value addition of small-scale production while boosting investments to develop the sector.

The work of the Initiative produces outcomes for producers, institutions and policies that overlook small-scale agriculture in NENA countries. Technical support for good agricultural practices that increase productivity have showed evidence of producing positive spillovers in community and women’s empowerment, livelihoods’ improvements and rural poverty reduction.