Erratic weather, pests, natural disasters, livestock diseases, poor soil health – climate change challenges threaten food security and agricultural livelihoods around the world. Smallholder farmers and agricultural market actors in emerging markets are often the most at risk. These people and businesses who nourish our world can and must be enabled to be at the forefront of climate solutions.
Climate change requires customized solutions for each geography and value chain. That’s why we focus project design and implementation on locally owned solutions that are rooted in agronomic know-how, data, innovation, and public and private sector partnerships. Whether our goal is to help farmers build resilience to shocks and stresses or enable more efficient agricultural systems, we engage host-country governments, the private sector, research institutions, entrepreneurs and smallholders to bring forward products, services and policies that fuel sustainable solutions in dairy, livestock and crops industries. This includes building the capacity of smallholders to understand climate and weather-related risks that ultimately lead to more resilient, inclusive, and competitive market systems.
Our farmer-to-fork approach leverages industry leading expertise of our affiliate Land O’Lakes, Inc., a 100 year-old farmer-owned cooperative. Land O’Lakes, Inc. through Truterra and the Winfield United global portfolio bring together the best in agricultural technology and on-farm business management to drive sustainability across the food system, utilize precision agriculture to improve conservation practices, to safeguard the planet and support farmer livelihoods.
Our areas of focus:
Dairy Nourishes Africa (DNA). Through DNA, we are capitalizing on public-private partnerships through the Global Dairy Platform and collaborating with the largest dairy companies in the world to utilize the dairy sustainability framework throughout East Africa. We identify areas of high impact, and promote climate mitigation practices to support net zero dairy industry initiatives.
USAID Management of Fall Armyworm in Maize in Democratic Republic of Congo. We support the resilience of smallholder maize growers by partnering with leading international and local research institutions in DRC and our private sector affiliate Villa Crop Protection to promote environmentally suitable and locally appropriate integrated pest management solutions to mitigate Fall Armyworm infestation.
Feed the Future Mozambique Resilient Agricultural Markets Activity (RAMA-BC). Deeply rooted in the communities in which we serve in Manica and Sofala provinces in Mozambique, RAMA-BC has been at the forefront of promoting climate smart and regenerative agricultural practices to mitigate against persistent climactic shocks and stressors. We partner with private sector input suppliers and local research institutions to increase awareness and adoption of new seed varieties, promote resilient farming practices, and test the efficacy of our approaches season after season.