Pathways to Success: Success Stories in Agricultural Production and Food Security
Supporting smallholder farmers is one of the best ways to fight hunger and poverty. It is estimated that 85 percent of the farms in the world measure less than 2 hectares, and that smallholder farmers and their families represent 2 billion people, or one-third of the world's population.
Indonesia, Mexico and Sierra Leone are examples of countries that have developed innovative approaches to empowering and supporting smallholders. The paper describes how initiatives that began as pilot projects are now being scaled up to help improve the productivity of large numbers of smallholders and thus increase their incomes and enhance food security for their households and the nation as a whole.
The examples presented here provide a message of hope - the battle against hunger can be won. What is required is an unwavering commitment from developing country governments themselves and strong support from the international community.