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Solution for Promoting Food Security: The Contribution of Climate-Smart Agriculture

The Challenge

The world’s population is expected to grow from the current seven billion to 9.2 billion by 2050. At the same time, consumption patterns are shifting towards diets containing more protein. So the Fo ...

The world’s population is expected to grow from the current seven billion to 9.2 billion by 2050. At the same time, consumption patterns are shifting towards diets containing more protein. So the Food and Agricultural Organization estimates that meeting the growing global demand for food requires a 70% increase in total agricultural production.

Shift the focus of support away from large-scale projects towards promoting small-scale farmers’ inclusion in markets and value chains, as well as their access to support, extension and credit.

With smallholders likely to continue to play a dominant role in most vulnerable countries, they will need to be integrated into markets better. At present, some smallholders suffer from so-called "land grabs" or are effectively excluded from markets. But they can benefit from market integration into international value chains.

Some large multinationals already source from smallholders and thereby secure their supply. But to improve effectiveness and scale, provision of international funds, adapting national policy frameworks to provide the right incentives and strengthening civil society to play a larger role have to be involved in supporting small farmers in access to credit, markets and extension.

This also requires adapting funding to small-scale farmers’ needs instead of big projects. This is inherently more complex and difficult to achieve because smallholders are a large diverse group and because politicians tend to prefer large solutions that are easy to communicate. Here, international institutions can encourage governments to take more account of their small farmers.

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    Harness the support of the BRICs and the private sector in financing and implementing climate-smart agriculture.

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    Promote "sustainable intensification" to ensure productivity increases in harmony with the environment.

    Promote "sustainable intensification" to ensure productivity increases in harmony with the environment.

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    Adopt tailor-made local solutions instead of one-size-fits-all approaches.

    Adopt tailor-made local solutions instead of one-size-fits-all approaches.

    Adopt tailor-made local solutions instead of one-size-fits-all approaches.

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    Support small-scale farmers in accessing and using existing know-how to improve their productivity sustainably.

    Support small-scale farmers in accessing and using existing know-how to improve their productivity sustainably.

    Support small-scale farmers in accessing and using existing know-how to improve their productivity sustainably.

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