What is the challenge?
Despite increasing urbanisation, over 70% of the world’s poor live in rural areas. Many of them are landless or smallholder farmers whose low productivity contributes to poverty, food shortages and hunger. Indeed, in 2017, 815 million people were chronically food-insecure and malnourished around the world, not having enough food for an active and healthy life. The vast majority of hungry people – 489 million of them – live in countries affected by conflict. Hunger and malnutrition remain among the world’s top public health challenges. Shocks related to climate change – increased frequency and intensity of hydro-meteorological disasters -, and increasing competition for access to, and control over natural resources, especially land and water, further exacerbates food insecurity. The complex interaction between food, land, water, trade and energy, combined with price volatility, and the growing climate crisis means over the next decade the food system is under severe stress. Subsistence farmers, small-scale producers and cooperatives must be supported through the development of locally adapted climate smart-agricultural production systems that safeguard ecosystem services and their position in the value chain must be strengthened in order to strive and develop greater resilience.
ACTED works towards the improvement of food and nutrition security conditions by supporting sustainable food production systems, access to markets and increase resilience of population’s livelihoods.
What we do
- Facilitating access to agricultural inputs, such as improved seeds, organic fertilizer, etc.;
- Through extension services, promoting scalable climate-smart agricultural production systems and practices that sustainably increase yields and/or are more resource efficient;
- Promoting dietary diversification and food fortification to address micronutrient deficiencies;
- Supporting subsistence-based farmers to transform into market-based small-scale producers;
- Facilitating farmers to develop their organizational capacity for better collective action vis-à-vis service providers and market actors, for example through support to cooperatives;
- Supporting value chain approaches to help poor farmers to increase their production, capture market opportunities, obtain fair deals, and produce higher-quality products;
- Developing agricultural markets, expanding trade and using mobile phone, radio, and other media channels, phones to provide real-time prices, so farmers can sell what they grow at a profit ;
- Helping farmers access capital, incl. in collaboration with OXUS;
- Facilitating an enabling policy framework for pro-poor agriculture development (land reform, market access, subsidies).