Why is Small-Scale Farming Important?

Why are small-scale farmers so important to ending poverty and hunger in Haiti? About three out of four workers in Haiti depend on agriculture to make a living. Almost half of them are women, who are responsible for marketing and storing crops, while men are responsible for planting, cultivating, and harvesting crops. For both men and women, working on a farm is not a guarantee of a decent income. In fact, Haiti’s small-scale farmers are often some of the most food insecure in the country. In order to help end hunger, we must make sure that poor farmers have access to the resources and knowledge they need to feed their families, improve their communities, and flourish.

Small-scale farmers from around the world came together in 2007 and vowed to work towards “A world where all peoples, nations, and states are able to determine their own food producing systems and policies that provide every one of us with good quality, adequate, affordable, healthy, and culturally appropriate food.” Together we can make changes to create a world where small-scale farmers in Haiti can achieve this goal, and everyone has enough to eat.

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