With the current global population “boom”, food production will have to increase by 50% by 2030 to ensure food security, particularly in emerging economies.
Although smallholder farmers constitute 85% of the global farmers population, who are often cut off from access to training, education and direct links to the retail market. Forging alliances with the smallholder farmers, will not only increase their access to better quality seeds and significantly increase their yields, but will result in socio-economic development in rural areas and provide a steady income for smallholder farmers as a whole. What does the future hold for smallholder farmer in Africa? Why is it important for organisations to focus on smallholder farmers? What will constitute as a win-win situation between commercial farmers, retailers, NGO’s, governments and the smallholder farmer, that will reflect the needs of all stakeholders? Do current smallholder alliances achieve their set out goals within the supply chain? What are the challenges of smallholder partnership in Africa? What are the benefits of smallholder engagement in Africa? What support is appropriate for smallholder farmers? There is an urgent need, and opportunity, to make smallholders part of the solution to global food security, environmental and economic challenges. Join us as we explore this very important topic on Greener Africa
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