The Development Fund Norway supports small scale farmers in their fight against hunger and poverty.
We are working towards a world without hunger. If the global community is willing, we can eradicate hunger. As long as she is given the opportunity, the poor rural farmer would be capable of growing more food than she and her family needs, thereby ensuring that they have enough food for the following year as well. She would also be able to sell any surplus produce so that her children can go to school and visit a doctor the next time they are sick. This is how poverty is eradicated.
Never before has the relationship between food and environmental issues been more apparent. Food production is threatened by climate changes and the exploitation of natural resources. The most impoverished parts of the world are the areas that suffer the most.
The Development Fund works side by side with the world's poorest farmers. We assist partners and farmers in the field and gain knowledge and inspiration from them. Together we engage in the fight against inequality and work towards a sustainable world. We fight against the destruction of the environment and lead the way towards sustainable agriculture.
However, it is also important that we face reality. The Development Fund operates on the basis of facts: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports that small scale farming produces more and better quality food from far less land than industrial agriculture. If given better farming methods, a greater variety of seeds and access to the agricultural market, the small scale farmers would become important food producers in a world with an ever increasing number of mouths to feed. This is why the Development Fund supports the small scale farmer as our future heroes. We are rooting for the farmers!
- Solidarity with oppressed and marginalized groups, future generations and partners.
- Diversity in both society and nature.
- Equality through a more even distribution of society's resources and power, collective and individual human rights and democratic government.
- Participation and openness towards positive cooperation and ensuring rights for society's weakest groups.