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Rural development

Our goals:

- Empowered farmer organizations defending the right of everyone to safe and nourishing food, in accordance with the right to a balanced diet and the fundamental right of everyone to be free from hunger.

- Empowered partner organizations defending the rights of all people to a safe and healthy environment in ecological balance, today and for future generations.

What we do

We Effect supports small-scale farmers and their organizations. Our support is integral and includes organizational, business and production development, always with a gender perspective. We also support the advocacy work that the farmer organizations are conducting in order to influence on rural policies so that the interests of small-scale farmers are taken into account.

We advocate sustainable and climate-adapted farming. By conducting organic farming, the farmers contribute to the protection of the ecosystems, they protect their own health and most of the time they get higher incomes. By diversifying their agriculture the soil is protected from impoverishing and they get a wider range of products to sell and thus a more secure income.

To us, contributing to rural development is about contributing to the economically, environmentally and socially sustainable development of rural areas.

Facts about rural poverty

Most people in poverty live and work in rural areas. Many are small-scale farmers who lack land and investment capacity, cultivate impoverished soils, have low productivity and poor access to market; all of these are factors that result in low standards of living.

Agriculture is of vital importance to ensure the production of food, to generate incomes and to increase economic growth in rural areas. Consequently, small-scale farmers need greater knowledge along with better access to land, technical advice, affordable financial services, insurance and markets, in order to increase productivity.

The small-scale agriculture is largely dependent on rain and climate change is a major and growing problem as water supplies decrease and the rains become more erratic.

 

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