Why arefarms important?
Whyfarms are key to the future of food – and how we can support them 1 Small-scale farmers and rural populations are disproportionately among the poor and hungry. 2 But they are also the best hope for increasing land productivity and crop diversity to feed a growing world. 3 Here are five ways we can support them and create sustainable and inclusive food systems.
How do small scale farmers help the economy?
When small-scale farmers earn more, they inject their incomes directly into the rural economy, creating growth and diversification. Almost every exle of large-scale national poverty reduction was kick-started by rising incomes among small-scale farmers.
How many chickens does Nouhoum have?
With a loan and training, Nouhoum was able to start a poultry business. He began with just 10 chickens. Today he is raising 3,500 chicks five or six times a year and employs seven people. In a country where average salaries are $1,500, his annual income is more than $12,000.
How many crops have lost genetic diversity?
There has been a 75% loss of plant genetic diversity on farms in the past 100 years. Just four crops – wheat, rice, maize and soybean – provide two-thirds of human caloric intake. With fewer species and varieties, our food systems are more vulnerable to pests and disease.
Why is it important to invest in digital technologies?
And, it means investing in digital technologies so that farmers can access market information – especially important during times of pandemic. Second, public and private investment is needed to link rural and urban areas. This includes better roads, electricity and internet connectivity.
Why are smaller farms more productive?
When access to inputs and conditions are equal, smaller farms tend to be more productive per hectare than much larger farms. Family farmers have a vested interest in protecting the fertility of their soil and the long-term productivity of their land.
Why is it important to invest in storage and transport infrastructure?
This means investing in storage and transport infrastructure to reduce waste and enable market access. And, it means investing in digital technologies so that farmers can access market information – especially important during times of pandemic.
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