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Healthy farms, prosperous farmers

Healthy farms, prosperous farmers

Resilient Farmers

More than two billion people live and work on small family-run farms, producing palm oil, cocoa, rubber and other commodities that we use every day. It is in these farms that much of our world’s food is grown.

At the same time, farmers often work in dangerous conditions, lack proper training and produce low yields; all of which affect their livelihoods. This – along with globalisation, disease and pest outbreaks, and climate change – threatens the future of our farms, crops and commodities.

But we don’t see farmers as victims in need of aid. Rather, we see them as entrepreneurs who need support to bring their businesses, their farms, to life. We work with farmers to empower them and improve their resilience, strengthen their connections with clients and their position in the supply chain; all on their own terms.

Facts

Some studies suggest small-scale farmers provide up to 80% of the food supply in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
About 43% of the agricultural labour force in developing countries is made up of women. This number goes up to almost 50% in Eastern and South-eastern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
Small-scale farmers produce around 40% of Indonesia’s palm oil.

Our work

Our work to increase resilience among farmers has been ongoing since 2011. Today we work with farmers in the Dominican Republic, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Laos, Malaysia and Thailand. Our field teams live and work among the farmers, build trust with them and understand the local context of their lives. This approach informs strategies to address farmers' practical needs and enhance their social and environmental management. Key to these strategies is strengthening farmers' links to other parts of the supply chain, thereby supporting both farmers and their products.

Our programmes linked to farmers

Rurality –
Putting the farmer at the heart of society
Landscapes –
Facilitating resilient, thriving communities and ecosystems within biodiverse landscapes.

Projects

Rurality, Soubré, Ivory Coast

Rurality is working with Nestlé and other stakeholders to transform farmers' lives in Soubré.

Rurality, Sabah, Malaysia

Collaborating with government, NGOs and business to strengthen resilience of smallholders in Sabah

Rurality, Langga Payung, Indonesia

Farmers in Golden Agri-Resources and Nestlé's supply chains are working with Rurality in Langga Payung

News & Stories

Feb 19, 2021

Collaboration with palm oil and cocoa producers in Soubré, Ivory Coast

Jan 23, 2021

Earthworm Foundation statement about new VICE palm oil documentary

Jan 21, 2021

Working towards a hazelnut industry that creates value for all

Join the Earthworm Journey

We are always open to hearing from potential new members or clients, interested investors or partners, and those who just want to learn more. Get in touch!

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If you want to be a part of the journey, reach out to us and together we can make change happen.

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