Looking beyond the immediate global health crisis presented by Covid-19, attention is increasingly focused on the devastating impacts of the global pandemic on the sustainability of global food systems. Rural communities have historically been hardest-hit by similar pandemics. Under-resourced health systems will struggle to respond. Social distancing and lockdowns, effective in the global North, will struggle in the global South to protect the most vulnerable, who don’t have the luxury of working from home or stocking their homes with food for 14+ days.
Safeguarding the world’s food systems is now an immediate priority. In order to do this, we must look to the experts – smallholder farmers – who produce 70% of our food. Our farmer-led model works in direct partnership with an international network of smallholder-owned farming cooperatives, women’s groups and youth groups producing a variety of crops including maize, rice, sorghum, fruits, vegetables, honey, coffee, tea, and cocoa. Our model provides end-to-end support services from farm-to-market, blending in-person and digital solutions, all designed by farmers, for farmers.
Please read our full response to the crisis and get in touch if you have any questions.