Cargill Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Greg Page called on governments, agricultural leaders and farmer groups to work together to increase food security by ensuring smallholder farmers in developing countries have four essential ingredients for them to prosper.
Speaking at the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialog in Des Moines, Iowa, Page outlined four items critical to smallholder success: growing the right crop on the right soil and then trading those crops freely; clarifying property rights; providing smallholders with increased revenue reliability to moderate price extremes; and ensuring access to open markets and the global food trade.
Page said Cargill's heritage is working with smallholder farmers, and that today, Cargill businesses on the ground in developing countries provide technical know-how, training and practical support for smallholder farmers to help them increase their productivity and raise their living standards. Cargill trains smallholder farmers in best practices, provides credit, establishes fair and transparent pricing policies and increases their access to markets.
Source: Cargill Incorporated