The relevance of sustainable agriculture will only increase in the coming years. Climate change will continue to have an impact not only on agricultural productivity and stability, but on entire ecosystems, worldwide. Small agricultural producers in developing countries are being hit hardest. And the increasing pressure on land and other natural resources needed for the production of food and bio-fuels is having a disastrous impact on small producers.
In most cases, their rights to land are the least secure. In many places, small farmers are being driven from their land by major agricultural or mining interests or large plantation owners. In the face of this uncertainty, small producers are doing all they can do just to survive. They have neither the means nor the opportunity to invest and grow as businesses and strengthen their market positions and negotiating power. This is why OLIVES is supporting local agricultural chains, from field to market to consumer. This is how we are helping small scale farmers (both men and women) and excluded groups to break through the cycle of poverty.
OLIVES is choosing to respond to the worldwide food and climate crisis by strengthening local agricultural chains, with the goal of improving food security and boosting the income of small farmers in Africa. But also by strengthening their position in relation to dealers, supermarkets and financial institutions. Not only with loans and donations, but by participating in networks, sharing knowledge and lobbying activities. With a healthy balance between economic, social and ecological sustainability.