Norges Vel has been pioneering the work to develop Norway's modern agriculture. Now we use our knowledge to work on projects to modernise agriculture in African countries and on the Balkan peninsula.
The majority of farmers in developing countries are poor smallholder farmers. Through our projects in Africa, Norges Vel is contributing to improved organisation of farmers and their small-scale production. This is important to be able to meet the world's future need for food.
Organising small-scale farmers
There are numerous challenges for farmers in developing countries. For many it is about the fight to get out of poverty. Productivity is often low, and these farmers are very susceptible to climate change and unstable weather. Access to markets is limited and it is often hard to borrow money. That is why Norges Vel is working to organise small-scale producers in multiple African countries.
Organising small-scale rice farmers in Tanzania is an excellent example. The project has yielded good results. Through increased knowledge and cooperation, the farmers are affecting a larger portion of the value chain, and they are getting access to finance. Both productivity and revenue for the farmers have increased, while at the same time production is more environmentally friendly than before.
Creating profitable environmentally friendly businesses
Norges Vel's contributions mean that small-scale farmers in local communities can cooperate to create more profitable and environmentally friendly businesses. The following methods are examples that give good and sustainable results:
- Mobilise small-scale farmers for cooperation and development of agriculture
- Organise farmers for joint access to markets
- Collective access to credit and financial services
- Climate-smart production methods of farming
- Sustainable and profitable synergies between food and energy production