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THE GOOD NEWS: IFAD and Unilever Align to Assist Smallholder Farmers

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014
Source: Wikipedia
Source: Wikipedia

This week, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and multi-national consumer goods corporation Unilever, announced a partnership aimed at improving food security through empowering smallholder farmers around the world.

The 5-year agreement brings together IFAD's expertise in working with smallholder farmers with Unilever's abilities in sustainable agriculture. The partnership is aimed at improving food security through five pathways:

1. Raising agricultural productivity
2. Linking farmers to markets
3. Reducing risk and vulnerability
4. Improving non-farm rural employment
5. Making agriculture more sustainable

The agreement is a prime example of corporate self-interest being aligned with the achievement of social goals, but Unilever deserves all the credit for proactively forming this partnership and finding this "win-win" situation.

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