Why farmers?

“Evidence shows that investment in agriculture is more effective in reducing poverty, particularly amongst the poorest people, than investment in non-agricultural sectors.” – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

There are an estimated 500 million smallholder households globally, accounting for 2.5 billion livelihoods. Smallholders provide more than 80% percent of the food consumed in most of the developing world and are critical to food security. However, they make up a significant portion of the world’s poor who live on less than $2 a day; moreover, they operate below global levels of productivity and most are not connected to formal markets.

CGEP’s agribusinesses are built to create strong market linkages and to bridge the gap between farmers, fishers, and local retailers, large buyers, fast food chains, and quality markets. Our agribusinesses provide technical assistance to farmers and supply inputs such as seeds and fertilizer to help increase agricultural production and quality to meet the standard of high value markets. The agribusinesses then purchase and aggregate the products and sell them directly to buyers, improving the incomes of farmers and fishers relative to what they previously earned. Robust operational platforms and strong market linkages allow us to create sustainable impact for farmers and farming communities.