Future of Agriculture: Online Discussion blog channel

A woman holding an umbrella in the streets of Benin. Image: Oxfam

We must invest in reducing the two greatest risks smallholders face: weather-related risk from climate change and market-related risk from globalization. Hope lies in stress-tolerant crops and innovative insurance plans, as well as social safety nets and other public welfare programs

By Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Woman sweeping her yard, Uganda. Image: Oxfam
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In many unlikely and inhospitable places, smallholders are already feeding themselves and their communities and leading their nation’s economic growth. Many of the solutions to farming’s challenges exist. They need tailoring to each locale and long-term reliable policy support.

  By Kanayo F.
Ferry’ crossing the Bani river to reach the market. Image: Oxfam
Blog channel: GROW

Agriculture is a risky business, not only because of its dependence on the weather. Governments, the private sector and farmers themselves need to build robust and overlapping risk-management systems that provide farmers with more than one avenue for protection. 

By Sophia Murphy, Senior advisor to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

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