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Traditionally, lack of reliable market access for smallholder farmers has impeded the economic development of rural areas because farmers often live far from the wholesale markets, and it is not feasible for them to deliver their produce directly. Highly fragmented systems encourage farmers to navigate through farmer groups or brokers to get their produce to markets. Fluctuating, non-transparent prices are often the result.
Empowering Smallholder Farmers
Farmers make up more than three quarters of Nepal’s population. Yet the agricultural sector accounts for only a third of the country’s GDP, and many rural communities are experiencing extreme poverty. The Nepal Agriculture Food Security Project aimed to improve food security and nutrition in rural Nepal by increasing food production, promoting nutritious diets and supporting communities to cope with the impacts of climate change.
ActionAid and AFA commissioned a study to look at the successes and lessons learned from the AFSP implementation, with a focus on small-scale food producers; women producers; the engagement and participation of producer and civil society organizations; and climate resilience.
ActionAid commissioned a study to examine the implementation of PASA Lou-Ma-Kaf in Senegal, with a particular focus on small-scale food producers, women producers, involvement and participation of producer organizations and civil society, and adaptation to climate change.
The effects of climate change are undermining cotton farmers’ livelihoods in Burkina Faso—where 80 percent of the population depend on agriculture to earn a living.