Smallholder farmers are the main producers of food globally and provide 60 to 80 per cent of the food produced in developing countries. As the world’s population grows, these farmers are under growing pressure to enhance their productivity and ensure food security, especially for the rural poor.
Yet numerous factors make farming increasingly difficult for them. These include climate variability and change, water scarcity and land degradation and high levels of post-harvest food losses.
Improving the soil, managing pests
Access to diverse agricultural technologies is key to ensuring smallholder farmers can continue to feed the world.
IFAD-supported projects help farmers to increase yields through enhanced soil and pest management, fertilizer use, access to better quality seeds, and other improved agricultural practices.
Our projects improve farmers’ access to input and output markets, as well as to rural financial services that will allow them to invest in their farms.
They also enhance the institutional capacities of farmer organizations to meet the needs of their members, while ensuring natural resources are managed properly and growth is sustainable.
Growing more food and developing new opportunities
Our approach to agriculture is context-specific. We strive to create opportunities for farmers at various levels with different assets, and for both women and men farmers.
We also support the growing number of rural youth, who frequently find themselves squeezed out of farming and are looking for alternative income sources.
The number of small farms worldwide
The number of hungry people in the world today
Smallholder farmers bring high value to their crops in Nepal
Piyola Oli is a farmer in western Nepal. One of her main challenges is access to quality seeds. Through the IFAD-supported High-Value Agriculture Project in Hill and Mountain Areas project, Oli has learned how to produce good quality onion seeds from her own produce and her income has increased considerably.
Canada provides cad$50m for unique 5-year integrated resilience program by UN agencies
Senior IFAD officials to promote development in earthquake-stricken rural region of Ecuador
IFAD to invest $33 million in smallholder agribusiness partnerships in Sri Lanka
The International Fund for Agricultural Development and Government of Sri Lanka signed a financing agreement today that will help 57,500 poor rural households in Sri Lanka increase their incomes and food security by expanding livelihood and business opportunities in agriculture.
Grant Results Sheet: ICIPE - Scaling up biological control of the diamondback moth on crucifers in East Africa to other African regions
Family farming in Latin America - A new comparative analysis
Lessons learned in the development of smallholder private irrigation for high-value crops in West Africa
The objective of this report is to identify, characterize, and evaluate best practices in smallholder private irrigation in West Africa. The report presents a comparative assessment of the smallholder private irrigation initiatives in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Nigeria.
Issues discussed include: the potential and impacts of new technologies; the successes and challenges of different approaches to develop smallholder private irrigation (promotion of technologies, institutional arrangements, advisory and financial services, and environmental impact mitigation); and the lessons learned.