What am I having for lunch? Should I get a turkey sandwich? Pasta? A salad? In the developed world, consumers face a myriad of food options. What is often overlooked is the complex global food system that gets our food from farms to table.
At the heart of this food system is the oft-ignored smallholder farmer – these are farmers who cultivate less than two hectares of land. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), there are more than 500 million of these smallholder family farms globally, and they produce close to 80 percent of the world’s food.
With the world’s population expected to grow to 9.6 billion by 2050 and per capita income to grow 1.8-fold in that same period, FAO anticipates that world agricultural production will need to increase by 60 percent ( ...more