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Small-scale agriculture: supporting smallholder farmers

During the earliest civilizations, agriculture was a part of daily life that supported communities and small societies for their sustenance. A dependable food supply allowed us to evolve from hunting and gathering to lead more a refined, sophisticated way of living. Other forms of livelihood became possible because of the evolution of society from one that is nomadic to one that has permanent settlements and structures. Small-scale agriculture became the center of many societies when farmers worked the land to support the community and so the community relied solely on those farmers to provide a large percent of what they needed.

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Keeping It Real – Suminter India Organics

Written by Victor Dela Casa, Sustainability Development Officer of GrainPro

 

The organic food industry is a multibillion-economy with an increasing demand. A major challenge for companies that supply certified organic products is preserving the quality of products organically after harvest. Many companies that grow organic crops are forced to use chemicals to stop infestation and inhibit fungal growth during storage and transport. These chemicals may leave residue on food that could have adverse health effects on consumers, especially among children.

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Empowered: Giving Way to the Rise of Women Farmers

Women farmers are an important cornerstone of many economies worldwide. The agricultural sector relies on women farmers to produce, support, and uplift countless daily endeavors. According to the United Nations, almost half of the world’s agricultural labor force is comprised of rural women, but support for them falls far shorter than what they need, especially in developing countries.

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