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Smallholders

The expansion of commercial logging, agriculture, and fishing has led to land conflicts and depletion of forest and fisheries resources for the developing world’s 1.5 billion smallholder households. Simultaneously, unclear land tenure and limited access to technical assistance, credit, and quality inputs make it difficult for most smallholders to meet increasingly rigorous production standards and access modern markets.

Commercial partnerships between smallholders and agribusinesses can provide the assistance that smallholders need. Earth Innovation Institute is working to develop regional governance conditions that ensure equitable contract arrangements as the basis for an inclusive rural development strategy in which integration into sustainable supply chains drives low-emission rural development.

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