Food Coalition

Strengthening rural institutions and producers' organizations

The COVID-19 pandemic is significantly affecting smallholder family famers and other small-scale food producers. Because of their central contribution to food security and nutrition, it is crucial that policies, strategies and actions are put in place to protect and support the recovery of their productive capacity after the COVID-19 crisis.

Smallholders are currently experiencing a severe loss of income and productive capacity as a result of: (1) temporary restrictions on movement, which are hindering market access; (2) changes in consumer behaviour and lower demand due to the closure of schools, farmers’ markets, restaurants and other public places; (3) disruptions to production (due to shortages of migrant seasonal workers, for example); (4) value-chain disruptions, creating financial challenges and constraining access to necessary services and operational materials; and (5) limited access to social protection and insurance.

Lessons learned from previous crises show that integrated policies and a comprehensive set of actions are needed to ensure smallholder family famers have access to productive resources, services, finance and markets. In tandem, rural institutions and family farmer/producer organizations need to be supported to promote improved and sustainable productivity, market linkages, economic resilience and livelihoods.

Priority Areas of work: Economic Inclusion and Social Protection to Reduce Poverty
SDG: 1. No Poverty, 2. Zero Hunger, 5. Gender Equality, 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth, 10. Reduced Inequality, 12. Responsible Consumption and Production, 13. Climate Action, 15. Life on Land, 17. Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Level: Global
Country: Albania, Armenia, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Gambia, Georgia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Jamaica, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Mali, Nepal, Oman, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, Uganda, West Bank & Gaza Strip, Zimbabwe
Budget: USD 15 million

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