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How Family Farming Could End Poverty

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A recent article from the Huffington Post examined how family farming in impoverished areas could significantly decrease poverty and hunger. 

Of the roughly 7 billion people on our planet, roughly 1.2 billion (or about 17%) live in extreme poverty, of which 870 million will fall asleep each night hungry. The World Bank has estimated that an increase of merely 1% in the agricultural GDP (gross domestic product) of a nation can decrease the amount of poverty by 4 times that of a 1% increase in non-agricultural GDP. By increasing the ability for impoverished families to become farmers, it is strongly believed that a significant decrease in poverty and hunger can be seen in the ensuing years and decades. 

How can we work to invest more effectively in family farming? Food Tank: The Food Think tank and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations have developed several ways for non-profits, donors, and policy-makers can invest to maximize family farming. 

  • Securing Land Rights - Many of those that own land for farming in do not have legal documentation or the legal rights to the land that they own. By helping families secure the legal rights to their land and prove ownership a significant increase in investment in the land, productivity, and income for the family is often seen as a result. 
  • Adapt to Climate Change - Climate change will affect 75 million to 250 million people in Africa as a result of more water stress within less than a decade and helping farmers to prepare for drought and flooding as a result can help decrease variability in food security. 
  • Access to Local Markets - By providing family farmers with a method for selling more of their products in local markets will help improve their income and quality of life as a result. 

Other suggestions by these organizations include closing the gender gap and promoting more sustainable methods for agriculture, all of which you can learn more about in this article from the Huffington Post.

 

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