BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Diane Holdorf, Chief Sustainability OfficerTweetable Highlights: With partners like @TechnoServe @KelloggCompany meets commitment to support 15K smallholders farmers http://bit.ly/2eWr7Ya
Elsie Nosenga grows maize on a small plot of land in South Africa to support her family of 10. That's 10 people to feed from a modest harvest that also serves as her main source of income. As a smallholder farmer, Elsie is one of an estimated 90 percent of smallholders who lack access to expertise on best practices, technology and management solutions that could help her maximize yields and income. Worldwide, women farmers participate in just five percent of the agricultural education services available and only own two percent of land. These challenges exist before even considering the impacts of climate change - drought, water scarcity, crop failures, civil unrest, migration and poverty. All of which can cause devastating outcomes to agriculture across our global supply. That's why Kellogg made a commitment in 2015 to help increase the adoption of climate-smart agriculture practices for smallholder farmers. We are proud that, through partnerships and collaboration, we have scaled our work to help improve the livelihoods of 15,000 smallholder farmers to meet our commitment four years ahead of schedule. We hit our target within just two years, through our collaboration with TechnoServe and suppliers from around the world. These efforts have resulted in higher yields, stronger climate resilience, and better livelihoods for smallholder farmers and their families. This doesn't just improve Elsie's bottom line, but raises her income and ensures that together, our food system is secure for future generations.