Farmers are often absent from discussions about how policies and programs impact sustainable agricultural production. At the IAF, we are investing in a regional effort, in conjunction with the University of British Columbia, that will give voice to farmers and directly support them in collecting, analyzing, and presenting data that they can incorporate into their operations to manage their farms more efficiently. Associação Movimento Mecenas da Vida (MMV) works with a network of small farmers to organize participatory organic agricultural certification, establish new markets, and conserve natural resources. It is a leader in the Northeast of Brazil in educating consumers about healthy eating and responsible consumption. The results of this regional project will inform agricultural support organizations, government extension experts, farmer groups, and policymakers with context-specific data about how to encourage the transition to sustainable agricultural practices to improve food security, enhance farmer livelihoods, and minimize environmental degradation.
This is part of the IAF’s strategic initiative for sustainable agriculture.