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Smallholders, Food Security and the Environment


Smallholders, Food Security and The Environment (2013) is a report commissioned by the UN Environment Programme’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. The UN Environment Programme’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre provides information for policy and action to conserve the living world. Noting that agriculture and smallholder farmers are at a crossroads, the report discusses that while smallholder farmers are an integral part of the global food system, they are often neglected. The report argues that investing in smallholder farmers has the potential to lift a billion people out of poverty. The productivity of smallholder farmers is reliant on well-functioning ecosystems. Since prevailing methods of agriculture are unsustainable to meet growing global demand, a transformation of agricultural investment is needed. Visit Groundswell’s Updates from the Ground blog to read our response and learn more.

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