Growth in world population will lead to a 50% increase in food production by 2030, calling into question the ability of agriculture to meet the global demand for food. There are over 500 million smallholder farms worldwide that play a critical role in world food production, but most are vulnerable to climate change, volatile pricing and unfair competition.
Oikocredit is one of the leading global social investors in agriculture. We believe that investment in this sector is one of the most effective ways to reduce rural unemployment and poverty and contribute to local food security.
Our agriculture portfolio supports small-scale farmers by providing access to finance and capacity building for agricultural cooperatives, producers, processors and distributors.
FAO 2017, The future of food and agriculture: http://www.fao.org/3/a-i6583e.pdf
IFAD 2013, Smallholders, food security and the environment: https://europa.eu/capacity4dev/file/15391/download?token=rqwVWycG