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What Causes Hunger

Worldwide, the number of hungry people has dropped significantly over the past two decades, but 821 million people continue to struggle with hunger every day.

Many factors contribute to the state of hunger both in the United States and abroad. The reasons are complex and varied, and often interconnected.

Poverty

Poverty is the main cause of hunger in the world. This is true in rich and poor countries alike. It is true no matter whether people live in urban or rural areas.

Job Instability

Hunger rates rise when the national or local economy is in a slump. People lose jobs and cannot find work. Once the economy improves some people continue to struggle to find work.

We deal with Food Shortages and Waste

Food shortages in developing countries are common. The people most affected are smallholder farmers and their families who depend on their own surplus to survive between harvests.

Unstable Markets

Basic grains such as wheat, rice, and corn make up the largest share of calories among people in developing countries who are hungry

We are building downstream delivery systems for smallholder farmers while providing support to local private sector to scale technologies and services to farmers.

Our Approach

The model enhances collaboration with the local governments, farmers, and businesses to deliver integrated programming at farmer-level. The government, development agencies, and businesses come together within a defined geographical area to collaborate to achieve agriculture transformation with smallholder farmers’ front and center.

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Soil Fertility & Fertilizer Systems

Despite the fact that organic fertilizers play an important role in raising soil fertility, it is important to note that supply of livestock manure is insufficient to make up the deficit to support soil fertility across Africa.

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Resilience & Climate Adaptation

Stressors include environmental degradation, soil fertility decline, poor infrastructure and social issues, especially among the youth. The frequency or likelihood of occurrence and the severity of the effect of these on smallholder farmers and systems may vary from country to country or within countries.

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Input Distributions

The farmers are limited by their input purchasing capacity, influenced by low and irregular cash flows, lack of access to savings and credit products, and lack of input purchase options.

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Consortia have therefore become a key delivery vehicle in our efforts to strengthen systems and farmer interventions. Within our five-year strategy, consortia deliver value by helping farmers gain access to inputs, markets and financial services and achieve increased productivity and food security. They also provide a platform for SMEs and other local ‘actors’ to work together in the agricultural landscape. We define a consortium, or ‘integrated consortium’, as a group of affiliated rural organisations, agencies and businesses who work together within a defined geographical area. Collaborating to achieve mutually agreed objectives, they help to deliver the critical components of agriculture transformation.

The consortia model brings together organizations that have the experience, skills, and knowledge to address the problems currently faced by farmers. It weeds out duplication, is more effective in reaching out to the wider community of smallholder farmers and putting the local governments at the forefront of the green revolution to create the desired business environment.


The model as best suited to provide novel and holistic solutions to the constraints faced by smallholder farmers and providing the necessary linkages across the crops value chain needed for long term solutions and sustainability.