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Approximately 1 billion people live in chronic hunger and more than 1 billion live in extreme poverty. Many are small farmers in the developing world. Their success or failure determines whether they have enough to eat, are able to send their children to school, and can earn any money to save.

Learn more below and visit the program page for more details about our work in this area.

How Good Coffee Becomes Good Business for African Farmers

Around the world, more than 4 million smallholder coffee-farming families live below the poverty line. Without access to technical knowledge, professional processing and milling services, reliable markets or working capital, these farming families are forced to sell their coffee at low prices.

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CARE’s dairy value chain: Making markets work for smallholder farmers in Bangladesh

Many of us dream of a world free from poverty, but how can this be realistically achieved, especially for smallholder farmers who make up the majority of the world’s poor?

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How to feed 9 billion: Place your bet

In their Annual Letter this year, Bill and Melinda Gates are making a big bet for the next 15 years – that the lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history thanks to breakthroughs in health, farming, banking, and education.

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The Case for a Safe Space: Libraries Empower Women In Asia

Libraries are a solution: they offer an "integrated delivery" model that provides women with a safe space and access to essential information on health, livelihoods, rights, and more.

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The Last Hunger Season, Part 1 – The Expanding Possibilities of Family Farmers

Zipporah Biketi was living in a shrinking world when I first met her back in 2011. Her imagination rarely stretched beyond the boundaries of her small family farm in western Kenya

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