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Initiative

Smallholder Farmer Market Access

THE CHALLENGE

There are an estimated 500 million smallholder farmers in the world.

Smallholder farming is often characterized by lack of access to markets, fair prices and quality agronomic technical assistance.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Global Partnerships aims to improve the economic position of smallholder farmers and their families by investing in agricultural businesses that provide them with market access and technical assistance.

WHO IS SERVED?

The target demographic is smallholder farmers that manage fewer than five hectares and live on less than $5.50 PPP/person/day.

WHAT IS DELIVERED?

Producers must receive:

  • Market access with price premiums; AND
  • Crop-focused TA and basic financial management

May also receive:

  • Certification training and access to improved inputs

WHY IS IT IMPACTFUL?

Household incomes increase and/ or stabilize as smallholder farmers:

  • Diversify their crops;
  • Increase and/or stabilize yields;
  • Obtain higher and/or more stable prices;
  • Make better use of inputs;
  • Reduce postharvest loses.

Story of Impact

Francisco, a farmer in Nicaragua making the most of market access from GP partner, Coproexnic.

By the Numbers

Current Portfolio as of December 31, 2018

$1.97MM Capital Deployed
9 Partners

Cumulative Portfolio

158,187 Lives Impacted

Initiative active since 2011