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. Fundación para el Desarrollo Socioeconómico y Restauración Ambiental (FUNDESYRAM) established the first participatory certification system in El Salvador. It also connects producers directly to consumers to improve farmers’ quality of life and consumers’ food security. Finally, FUNDESYRAM creates spaces for dialogue among producer organizations, indigenous communities, government agencies, and the private sector about policies and programs to promote sustainable agriculture. 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.