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Steering national development plans towards positive outcomes for smallholder farmers and rural people
National agriculture development plans, increasingly branded as “agriculture green growth” agendas, are powerful mechanisms for channeling investment into rural landscapes. But if that plan is made without including the voices and concerns of smallholder farmers, and the money is programmed without the involvement of local people, then the investment can undo years of sustainable management, undermine local wellbeing, and damage the environment.
We help governments and investors create inclusive, participatory processes for preparing agriculture green growth plans. We help smallholder farmers, by working with producer groups and community-based organizations (CBOs), participate in green growth planning at the local, regional, and national level.
We evaluate all the opportunities, or pathways, for agriculture green growth in an area to demonstrate which choices will have the most positive synergistic impacts on smallholder livelihoods and the environment.
We create “greenprints” based on the evaluations that serve as the basis for dialogue between government, farmers, CBOs and businesses. These greenprints are rights-based and promote pathways that treat improved smallholder farmer livelihoods as a critical objective.
We organize and support participation by smallholder farmers, marginalized groups, and non-traditional ag sector stakeholders, such as health or wildlife organizations, in the planning, management and governance of the land and resources involved in green growth strategies.
Our Greenprint for the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) gathered input from 150 community stakeholders on how to create development plans that would have positive impacts for their communities. Mobilizing local stakeholders to participate in development planning helped many communities exercise their voice for the first time during a high-level planning process.
Our work has helped international organizations and donor governments see the value, and understand the process, of engaging landscape-level stakeholders in green growth planning from the start. In Kenya and Viet Nam especially, our work is shaping the process of agricultural development.