Smallholder farmers in the Global South experience the most severe impacts of climate change and the greatest food insecurity.
Even prior to the pandemic, global food insecurity had been rising, due in large part to climate phenomena. Global warming is influencing weather patterns causing heat waves, heavy rainfall, and droughts. Unsustainable commercial agricultural methods rely on high-carbon energy and are depleting soils and concentrating crops.
Climate change disproportionately affects the poorest people and poorest countries in the world – those who contribute least to the problem. Global conflict further disrupts food exports from the world’s major producers, contributing to displacement and inflation, and driving an ever-worsening global food crisis.
There are approaches to mitigating and adapting to climate change, boosting agricultural productivity, and increasing the availability of food to more equitably feed the world. These approaches will require large-scale food systems transformation built on gender-responsive, climate-smart principles with a focus on sustainability to ensure a food-producing, life-supporting planet for all.
training 4,539 people to grow food in climate-adaptive ways
providing 3,322 people with agriculture inputs
giving 3,317 smallholder farmers access to weather information
WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME
The Climate Crisis and Hunger in Weather, Climate and Catastrophe Insight, 2022.
CONFLICT & CLIMATE MIGRATION
Regional conflict and climate impacts cause intra- and inter-country migration which places further stress on already fragile land and resources. Over one billion people are at risk of being displaced by 2050 due to environmental change, conflict and civil unrest. Institute for Economics & Peace, 2023
CLIMATE-ADAPTIVE AGRONOMIC TRAINING & AGRICULTURAL PRACTICESHover or tap to find out more
You can help smallholder farmers increase their use of climate-adaptive agricultural practices by:
- Fostering the use of climate-resilient agricultural training and techniques, and providing greater access to community / agricultural extension services
- Increasing women’s access to land, credit, markets, inputs that enable women to fully and fairly contribute to agricultural productivity and share in its profits
- Supporting dry season farming, climate-friendly pesticide and fertilizer use, irrigation systems, ploughing and planting strategies, weather forecasting, indigenous seed preservation and use to better adapt to changing weather, maximize growing seasons, and increase yields
GOOD LIVELIHOODS FOR YOUTH & WOMENHover or tap to find out more
You can help women and youth gain business skills and establish new business ventures (agricultural and non-agricultural) by:
- Providing seed capital
- Offering business skills training
- Supporting mentorship, apprenticeship and occupational skills training
- Linking people to markets and value-addition opportunities, including through business incubation hubs
GENDER EQUALITY TRAINING FOR SMALLHOLDER FARMERSHover or tap to find out more
You can help promote gender equality among smallholder farmers and in farming communities by:
- Engaging women and men in community conversations, raising awareness and inspiring action
- Working with opinion leaders to disseminate and promote key messages related to gender equality, gender bias/traditional gender roles, SRHR and harmful traditional practices
- Encouraging women to take leadership roles in farm-based organizations, as community/agricultural extension agents, and in demonstration farms
- Incorporating gender equality and SRHR training in livelihoods programs targeted to youth
Stories of Impact: InternationalCheck out how your support has contributed to food security, women's equality, children's education and more in CFTC donor-supported communities around the world.
Income & Livelihoods
Hearing from smallholder farmersAbout the progress they're making
I can feed my family well and support them in their education. I get surplus to sell for additional income. The knowledge I gained from the training and extension services will continue to help me improve my farming activities even when the program ends.
My views have changed. Now, we do everything together. I now involve my wife fully in our farm work and she too supports me. We see ourselves as partners in all family matters and business now and this has raised our farming income.
With the weather information, I am now able to make better decisions on the type of crops to plant and the planting time. I am sure of a good harvest and food security for my household this year.