The opportunity: smallholders feed the world
Of the 200 million farms globally, 90% are less than 2 hectares. Smallholder farmers are often poor. Climate change is creating additional risks for them. At the same time, agriculture is a major contributor of carbon emissions, as well as a carbon sink.
Nutrition remains a challenge for rural as well as urban low-income consumers. Malnutrition as well as obesity create a double burden.
- How can we enable small farmers to manage risks better and enhance their productivity while regenerating natural resources?
- How can we enable everyone to access healthy food while feeding back into the nutrition cycle?
We drive inclusive systems innovations that serve smallholder farmers and low-income consumers.
Reach out to us if you would like to:
the potential of smallholder farming for feeding the world in a regerative way.
your role in a future food system that includes small farmers and provides all consumers with access to healthy nutritious food.
future food systems with input manufacturers, food producers, insurance companies, microfinance institutions, agtech providers, social enterprises and donors.
We have implemented projects to develop an inclusive and regenerative food and agriculture system with public sector partners, large companies and social enterprises. Some examples:
Satellite data to derisk small farmers
This ii2030 track explored how satellite data can enable comprehensive risk management solutions for smallholders. Advisory services, market access, credit and insurance can all benefit from this data and create synergies when delivered as a bundle. The track was supported by SDC with Blooom.farm and Earth Analytics India as lead partners.
Increasing access to and benefits of public ag insurance
India has one of the largest agricultural insurance schemes for smallholders: PMFPY is a government-led scheme implemented in partnership with private insurance companies. Our pilot seeks to improve the value of this scheme. Precision Agriculture for Development with add information on the scheme to its existing ag advisory services to facilitate uptake and claims. Earth Analytics India will provide data that can assess damage from satellite images even during the cloudy season. The pilot is supported by the InsuResilience Solutions Fund.
Enhancing access to agricultural inputs for cocoa
The Lindt Coca Foundation is working to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Ghana. We identified opportunities for enhancing access to inputs with inclusive business models. We also assessed the effectiveness of the Farm Shop Model after the first three years.