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The challenge we face

Sustainable Development Goal 1 calls for no poverty. But today, as many as 24 million small scale farming households, more than 122 million people in total, may be living in poverty. Our current supply chain model isn't working and it's time for a change.

To safeguard the future of our global food system, the industry needs farmers who are thriving, efficient and productive. That starts with ensuring they earn an income that enables a decent standard of living.

It’s time to push boundaries and extend our ambitions — because poverty won't be solved with the same approaches that have perpetuated it.

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Some of the many factors affecting farmer income

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  • Number of household members
  • Sources of off-farm household income
  • Financial shocks
  • Gender roles and norms in the household
  • Ethnic and socioeconomic status of the household in the community
  • Financial literacy
  • Price
  • Cost of production: inputs, land, labour
  • Farm size
  • Crop mix
  • Condition and quality of farm location
  • Access to farming knowledge and training
  • Access to short and long term financing
  • Productivity
  • Premiums
  • Access to post harvest storage
  • Access to machinery and equipment
  • Access to markets for crops
  • Terms of trade in the supply chain
  • Access to water
  • Access to inputs
  • Availability of labour
  • Investment in infrastructure
  • Provision of extension services, resources, inputs and farmer knowledge
  • Investment in agricultural research
  • Equal rights to land and ownership amongst men and women
  • Equal rights to economic resources and financial services for men and women
  • Taxes and legislation on sale of crops
  • Provision of support for food processing and marketing
  • Political stability
  • Climate change
  • Weather
  • Trade policy
  • Competition

What's needed for change?

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Impact at scale

There are not enough examples of successful strategies and business models to significantly increase farmer incomes to the level and scale required.

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Outcomes over activities

So far, strategies have been focused on activities instead of outcomes, and aren’t designed to deliver change at the scale we need.

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An agreed goal

There has been a lack of consensus around a long-term goal for farmer income.

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Clear roles and deeper collaboration

The challenge is too big for any one organisation to solve alone. It needs all of us — businesses, NGOs and governments — to convene and collaborate, each playing our own unique role.

Whats needed for change