The Gambia remains highly vulnerable to external shocks because of a relatively undiversified economy and a heavy dependence on rain-fed crops for agricultural production, imports for food security, and tourism receipts and remittances for foreign exchange earnings. In order to improve agricultural production, productivity, and food and nutrition security, the Gambian government secured funding from The Global Agriculture and Food Security Project (GAFSP) with an objective to reduce rural household poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition through increased agricultural production, productivity, and commercialization.
ActionAid USA, in collaboration with ActionAid International The Gambia (AAITG), commissioned this case study in The Gambia. Primarily qualitative, this study made use of project performance data and information, as well as key interviews with small-scale producers, farmer-based organizations, policymakers, and technical officials.... read more
Half the land in the world today, including forests, grasslands, and small farms, belongs to and is managed by local communities and indigenous peoples. Two and a half billion people depend on this land for their livelihoods. Yet it is estimated that these communities have recognized rights over only one fifth of their land. National governments are obligated by international human rights law to recognize the rights of indigenous peoples and to protect the right to food and other rights of rural communities. In addition to fulfilling human rights, there are many additional benefits of protecting community land rights: reduction of conflict, reduction of involuntary migration pressures, and protection of the ecosystems that cool our warming planet. Unfortunately, much community-held land is at risk of being grabbed by business interests, with the complicity of governments.... read more
L’économie de la république unie de Tanzanie repose principalement sur l’agriculture, malgré d’importantes disparités socio-économiques entre les zones rurales et urbaines, et entre les différentes régions. En Tanzanie, le succès du secteur agricole est indispensable à la réduction de la pauvreté et à la sécurité alimentaire. Le gouvernement de la Tanzanie cherche actuellement à développer le commerce… read more
The United Republic of Tanzania has an agriculture-based economy with significant rural-urban and regional socio-economic disparities. The performance of the country’s agricultural sector is critical for poverty reduction and food security. Aiming to further develop the agricultural sector, the Tanzanian government launched the Expanding Rice Production Project (ERPP) with support from the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP).
As one of the civil society members of the GAFSP Steering Committee and an adviser to the ERPP, ActionAid commissioned this study to showcase the successes and lessons learned from the implementation of the project, focusing on small-scale producers, women producers, and civil society organizations, as well as communities’ resilience to climate change.... read more
ActionAid’s impact lies in its mission to support local action and community leaders. We believe that power comes from the people. Following this belief, we aim to provide the tools necessary so that all people (including you!) can achieve the changes they want to see in their communities and in the world. By organizing and… read more
Since the 1970s when U.S. farm policy encouraged farmers to overproduce and “get big or get out”, family farmers have struggled just to survive. They are told that biofuels programs like the Renewable Fuel Standard will help them by increasing both demand for corn and the price farmers are paid. But these biofuels mandates only prop up the industrial agribusiness system. Farmers are not getting the fair prices they need.
This report examines the impact of agribusiness and biofuels programs on family farmers and rural communities in Iowa, which produces more corn than many countries and has a strong family farm history.... read more