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Radishes and leafy green vegetables in the background with text "Can small farms solve the global food problem?"

In Latin America and the Caribbean, food production comes from smallholder or family-run farms. The estimated 15 million family units in this region farm nearly one billion acres of land.

Last year at the Inter-American Foundation (IAF), about 40 percent of our nearly 300 active grant projects focused on sustainable solutions for smallholder farming. Our grantee partners use organic practices and combine traditional knowledge with other techniques that reduce costs and adapt easily for small-scale producers. 

These sustainable practices allow communities to address food shortages and adapt to environmental challenges. They also improve economic and social opportunities and health outcomes in these communities.

 

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EcoVida  

Building Bridges With EcoVida Network

Coinciding with Earth Day on April 22, many IAF staff and more than 40 of our grantee partners from 14 countries will join members of grassroots and farmer organizations from Southern Brazilian states at the 10th meeting of the Agroecological EcoVida Network. The conference takes place at Erechim in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, April 21 - 23. Learn more

  

A video still of a young farmer  

Young Voice From 2015 EcoVida

It is important to engage young people in the practice and importance of sustainable farming. Here is one participant from the 9th EcoVida conference explaining why he is proud to be an agricultor. "I produce healthy food. I produce life." Watch the video clip