More than three quarters of the world’s food is produced by smallholder farmers, who are also guardians of the landscapes they live in, and live off. And they could produce much more, if only they could attract additional investment… A new working paper “Improving the positive impacts of investments on smallholder livelihoods and the landscapes they live in“ shows how, and as succinctly as possible. Aimed primarily at investors, in just 15 pages it highlights how to work profitably and equitably with smallholders, and how to promote better land governance and livelihoods.
This working paper is the result of a two-year exploration of alternative tenure arrangements and inclusive business models, focusing on improving smallholder livelihoods and tenure security, undertaken by Tropenbos International, FMO – the Dutch Development Bank, Hivos International, and KIT – the Royal Tropical Institute. It is still a ‘work in progress, however, and this ‘version 1.0’ is also being discussed with members of the Land Governance Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue, where the Dutch government, the private sector, NGOs and civil society work together to find solutions that promote inclusive land governance.