Experience around the world has shown that peer training is one of the most impactful and cost-effective ways to facilitate training amongst farmer groups. The current climate crisis poses a real threat to small-scale farmers around the world, challenging long-held agricultural practices and threatening already precarious livelihoods.
To support farmers at the front line of these challenges, Fair World Project is launching a fund to support farmer-to-farmer training and spread the innovative work being done in communities around the world.
In 2015, Fair World Project (FWP) collaborated with the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Fair Trade Small Producers (CLAC) in a contest soliciting small-scale farmer groups to share their experiences and best practices in confronting climate change in their communities. Farmer submissions demonstrated impressive steps taken by these organizations to adjust to the growing challenge of climate change adaption, and to also diversify their farm economies, promoting on-farm innovation, improving soil fertility, and other practices.
The proposals submitted demonstrated the ingenuity of producers developing solutions in their own communities, and it is these adaptive, regenerative small-scale agricultural solutions that we believe offer the best hope for reversing and adapting to climate change. To read more about the experiences and successes of farmer led initiatives, see the official CLAC report, “Climate Change: Voices of small producers“
Building on the success of this 2015 producer-led contest, FWP is launching our Stronger Together: Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange Fund. Inspired by the rich history of the Campesino a Campesino movement and its culture of peer-to-peer learning in agroecology, our goal is to facilitate exchange between producer groups in the Global South and strengthen grassroots peer training programs between small-scale farmer networks.