Can financing smallholder farmers help feed nine billion people?
Oikocredit invests in microfinance, fair trade organisations, agricultural enterprises and renewable energy. As smallholder farmers become increasingly important in our ability to provide enough food to support our increasing population, access to financial services used to improve agricultural productivity become more necessary than ever before.
Huge food needs
Feeding 7, going on 9 billion people, by 2050 presents enormous pressure to the food system. Farmers all over the world are increasingly required to produce enough food, while simultaneously reducing adverse impacts on the environment and adapting to climate change.
Optimising agricultural productivity will be essential to meeting the increased demand for food. However, inadequate access to finance often presents a barrier for smallholder farmers looking to invest in their microenterprises and in more sustainable agricultural practices. Oikocredit is challenging this by partnering with other social enterprises to reduce production risks and ensure optimal harvests.
A social return
An optimal harvest means optimal income for a smallholder farmer, directly affecting the lives of women and men, households and communities. Oikocredit focusses on amplifying the impact its finance has using carefully developed assessment, monitoring and support tools to reach the right people and provide services that lift people out of poverty. By providing financial services to small-scale food producers, Oikocredit helps improve the income produced by land employment, as well as agricultural productivity.
This story shows how Oikocredit supports Goal 2: Zero Hunger, specifically Target 2.3: “By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment.”
Oikocredit is a worldwide cooperative that promotes sustainable development by providing loans, capital and capacity-building support to microfinance institutions, cooperatives, fair trade organizations, small to medium enterprises and renewable energy projects. As a social investor, Oikocredit’s work is guided by the principle of empowering people to improve their livelihoods.
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