For too long, the international community has neglected the instrumental role smallholder farmers can play in providing food and reducing poverty in the developing world.
That’s according to Roger Thurow, a senior fellow on global agriculture and food policy at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Now, Thurow said, the development community is waking up to these farmers’ potential.
“A general solution and intervention in reversing this neglect is realizing that these smallholder farmers are worthy and can be worthy clients and customers” to the private sector, development and governments, he told Devex in a video interview.
See more #FeedingDev articles:
Inputs and training are needed to help these farmers become more productive and profitable, Thurow suggested.
By empowering smallholder farmers and giving them access to products and markets that will improve their livelihoods, you can not only work to eliminate the problem of hungry farmers but tackle broader challenges around food production and food security, said Thurow, whose most recent book “The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change” traces the lives of smallholder farmers and the impact of access to inputs and training.
Feeding Development is an online conversation hosted by Devex in partnership with ACDI/VOCA, Chemonics, Fintrac, GAIN, Nestlé and Tetra Tech to reimagine solutions for a food-secure future from seed and soil to a healthy meal.