Smallholders and women farmers

The livelihoods of the poorest and most marginalised communities around the world, including rural and landless women and smallholder farmers, are increasingly threatened. 

As the land and natural resources they rely on rapidly become commoditised, smallholders are increasingly facing dispossession, exclusion and deprivation.

ActionAid is working at many levels to address these issues - from supporting farmers to build their knowledge and practice of climate resilient sustainable agriculture methods, to strengthening women’s groups and farmers’ organisations for them to effectively lobby decision makers.

We support women producers to start up and lead collectives so they can enjoy their economic rights, and we work with marginal and smallholder farmers to secure appropriate support from their governments and effective accountability of corporates.

In Senegal for example, ActionAid supports groundnut farmers in organising themselves, increasing productivity and building processing and marketing capabilities to improve their incomes and to develop a sustainable, localised food system.

ActionAid is also advocating for increased and improved public financing for agriculture - especially for women smallholder farmers - so as to close the gender gap. And we carry out advocacy work alongside local communities and our partners, from influencing Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) in Africa to global Committee on World Food Security (CFS) processes, and engagement in the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) to promote greater investment towards smallholder sustainable agriculture.

We work alongside rural smallholders and women farmers, raising awareness of their rights and empowering them through various livelihoods programmes to ensure they achieve their right to food and sustainable livelihoods.

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