Smallholder family owned farming is the most important form of farming in most developing countries. According to the Fairtrade Foundation 2013 more than 70% of world’s food is produced in smallholder farms across continents. It is the source of livelihood for many poor people living under the poverty line in the rural areas and feed half of the undernourished people of the world. Smallholders play a very important role in not only the food production but also in poverty reduction and rural development.
Smallholders and family farming can play a crucial role in organic farming and stewardship of biodiversity as it is built on the concept of multi-functionality and is based on the farm-based resources. Organic agriculture in smallholder farms can enhance productivity of the region at a low cost. It can make food available locally by using local technologies and manpower without damaging the environment. It means healthier people with healthy soil, focus is on both the community and the commodity.
In many parts of the world agricultural practices are undergoing structural changes. This change in the structure is due the susceptibility of the smallholders to various shortcomings; such as outbreak of pest and diseases, climate change, reduce in price premium and underdeveloped markets just to mention a few. Globalization of agriculture has exposed smallholders to lower prices and increase competition. Many smallholders are moving out of agriculture and there is a substantial urban migration. This structural change in organic farming sector could be detrimental to the growth of rural development and poverty reduction.
Organizations like IFOAM are working towards the better local and international policies, which can promote sustainable organic farming at the smallholder farms and businesses. Smallholder organic agriculture is an important tool in making rural and poor sector of the population more productive, profitable and resilient. To read more about IFOAM Principles and empowerment programs please click here .
Natural Habitats group has developed a vertically integrated palm oil supply chain, through which smallholders are able to access the world market. At the Natural habitats group we believe that all stakeholders of our business are a part of our family, the ‘ Familia Organica’. Familia Organica educate small farmers in organic farming methods to increase yield and ensure that the small farmers are paid a premium over the local prices so that they are benefited from their connections to the world market.
Empowerment is the part of our business core values, we focus on empowering smallholder farmers by ensuring good working conditions, guidance and fair price premiums. We encourage smallholder farmers to get involved in organic business and nature preservation, this is not only for their own good but also for the betterment of the society. To read more about our empowerment programs please click here .
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250 ml fresh orange juice.
Natural Products Expo is largest and the most important trade show on the east coast and Natural Habitats is delighted to be a part of it;
Natural Habitats is eager to meet, connect and engage with like-minded businesses and customers that share our credo of sustainable and organic production for a more responsible and social world;
Natural Habitats is excited to see the mixture of different cultures at the Natural Products Expo and learn more about their heritage and typical products;
We are really excited to showcase our Natural Habitats products on our booth (number #2222) and to hear your opinion about them using the hashtags #nh #redpalmoilnh.