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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, smallholder 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 smallholders 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 smallholder 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.
Smallholder farmers produce around 40% of Indonesia’s palm oil.

Our work

Our work to increase resilience among smallholder 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, Langga Payung, Indonesia

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

Rurality, Peranap, Indonesia

Rurality is working alongside Reckitt Benckiser to support smallholders in Peranap.

Rurality, Soubré, Ivory Coast

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

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Join the Earthworm Journey

As a member-based organisation, we know that collaboration is key to success and that everyone has a role to play in creating balance between people and nature. We are always open to hearing from potential new members or clients, interested investors or partners and those who just want to learn more. Please get in touch!

Invest in a solution

To create real, lasting change we know we need to maximise the impact of our solutions. If you want to be a part of this journey, reach out to us and together we can make change happen.

Share an idea
Do you have an idea that could help transform a supply chain or play a part in the fight against climate change? We fully appreciate the power of ideas and collaboration. So, please get in touch and share your thoughts.
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Want to know more about our work on the ground? Whether you work in sustainability, journalism or are simply curious about what we do, we’re happy to answer your query.