Small-scale farmers and productivity

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Presented as part of the seminar: South at the Steering Wheel - Improving sustainability in land investment for bioenergy in sub-Saharan Africa

29th May 2012, 08:00 - 17:30

Naturvårdsverket (Swedish EPA), Stockholm, Sweden

Speaker: Peter Roberntz, WWF

Peter Roberntz focused on small-scale farmers and land productivity in relation to bioenergy land investment. Issues of interest to be discussed are;

African farmers as a resource, incl traditional knowledge
The need of village land use maps & tenure
Support, also financial, and capacity building of African farmers
Empowering, e.g. establishment of farmers associations
Identification and up scaling of successful models, e.g. integrated models such as Agro-Forestry, out-grower models etc. What works where?
Support market access

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Small-scale farmers and productivity

  1. 1. Small-scale farmers and productivitySouth at the Steering WheelImproving sustainability in land investment for bioenergy in sub-Saharan AfricaPeter Roberntz, WWF Sweden
  2. 2. …Large gaps in productivity, with current farmers achievingless than 30 percent of potential yields – as found in most ofAfrica – point to deficiency in technology, capital markets,infrastructure, or public institutions including propertyrights……One of the highest development priorities in the worldmust be to improve small holder agriculture productivity,especially in Africa…Rising Interest in Farmland – Can It Yield Sustainable andEquitable BenefitsWorld Bank Report (2010)
  3. 3. OECD –FAO Agricultural Outlook 2010-2019
  4. 4. How can small scale farmers be part of development?
  5. 5. WaterAgricultureForestFOODFUELFIBREFODDERMORE Fs?SustainableResilienceAdaptivenessDevelopment
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