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 for countries in Africa and the Balkan peninsula.
The majority of farmers in developing nations are poor small farmers. Through our projects in Africa, Norges Vel is contributing to the improved organisation of the 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 the markets is limited, often it is hard to borrow money. That is why Norges Vel is working to organise small scale production 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 supply chain, and they are getting access to financing. Both productivity and revenue for the farmers have increased, 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 ones we use to get good and sustainable results:
- Mobilise small scale farmers for cooperation and development of the agriculture
- Organise the farmers for common access to the markets
- Common access to credit and financial services
- Climate minded production methods of farming
- Sustainable and profitable synergies between food and energy production