Most farmers in the world farm less than five hectares of land. Known as small-scale farmers, they feed one third of the global population, providing up to 80% of food consumed in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
Yet small-scale farmers, many of who are women, face heavy challenges to survive from day to day, among them land tenure problems, rising food prices, export-led agriculture, and the use of land to grow internationally desired commodities rather than food.
Despite the food they manage to produce, many small-scale farmers are poor. Often they are not given the training and tools they need to improve production and build a better life for their families and communities.
CJI supports projects that offer training in organic farming and appropriate technology to small-scale farmers in developing countries. Apart from improving the income of individual households, this strategy has a far wider impact on national food security.
Promoting agriculture that is both environmentally and economically sustainable is a means of breaking the cycle of poverty in rural communities, improving self-reliance and protecting natural resources.