Smallholder independent farmers are the cornerstone of responsible, inclusive, rural economies and sustainable agricultural production systems.
Many smallholder farmers, working on farms often less than 2ha in remote locations, are still not working through cooperatives, associations or other coordinated and structured approaches – which may, under specific circumstances, better protect their rights and interests. These smallholder farmers tend to be the most vulnerable population as they often live in remote locations with little access to commercial market information and very little sustainable agricultural practices.
Independent smallholders are at the heart of the FarmStrong Foundation program design process.
FarmStrong Foundation believes that a key success factor of its programs is the informed consent and support of its beneficiaries. Independent smallholders know that they can rely on FarmStrong Foundation’s engagement capacity, and this, despite distances and topographical challenges, to deliver tailor-made support. They can also count on the Foundation’s commitment to partner with them in the long term for as long as required.