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11 Oct 2019
Of the approximately 600 million farms in the world, more than 90 percent are run by an individual or a family and 70 percent are less than 1 hectare in size (FAO, 2019). With limited or no access to market information, many smallholders continue to sell their products at the farm gate or village markets, where profitability and growth potential are limited.   ABOUT THE PROJECT In collaboration with: Fertitecnica Colfiorito...
11 Oct 2019
Over the last 60 years, the surface area of Lake Chad in the North East region of Nigeria has decreased by 90 percent, a result of overuse of water, extended drought and the impacts of climate change. The shrinking lake has threatened the resources and livelihoods of people who depend on fishing and irrigation-based agricultural activities. Beginning in 2009, the Boko Haram insurgency further exacerbated the destructive impact of this ecological catastrophe.   ABOUT THE PROJECT
08 Oct 2019
The pressures on global land and water resources are greater than at any other time in human history. Rapidly increasing populations and rising levels of consumption are placing ever-larger demands on our natural capital. Current land use patterns are leading to degradation, desertification, deforestation, flooding, silting up of reservoirs and waterways, and falling levels of agricultural production, while biodiversity loss and climate change further jeopardize the health and productivity of land.   ABOUT THE PROJECT
07 Oct 2019
Smallholder agriculture remains the main economic activity in sub-Saharan Africa and employs the majority of the people. It accounts for approximately 80 percent of all farms and directly employs about 175 million people (OECD/FAO, 2016). Smallholder farmers also play a key role in increasing food supplies.   ABOUT THE PROJECT In collaboration with: Rabobank Foundation, a corporate foundation that supports cooperatives and member-based organizations through microfinance mechanisms. The foundation assists smallholder farmers and their cooperatives in rural areas. Timeframe: 2013–2019 Benefitting: Smallscale producers and producers’ associations Geographic coverage: Ethiopia and
07 Oct 2019
Soil is a vital and finite resource that is integral to our ecosystems and human well-being and critical for guaranteeing food security and nutrition. Soil is the basis for plant growth and contributes to the maintenance of natural and planted vegetation, and helps to produce 95 percent of our food (FAO, 2015). Through plant growth, soil also plays an important role in supporting animal biodiversity above ground, including wildlife and livestock. Finally, soils improve resilience to floods, droughts and impacts of climate change.   ABOUT THE PROJECT In collaboration with: 
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