Better Life Farming
The "Better Farms, Better Lives" initiative is a global Bayer program initiated in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis to boost food security and help small-scale farmers already facing additional challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. It aims to meet their needs in terms of increasing income, popularizing agro-entrepreneurship and contributing to food security.
The "Better Farms, Better Lives" initiative is in line with Bayer's general aspiration to help build a world in which there is "Health for All, Hunger for None". Overall, the initiative targets two million small-scale farmers in Asia, Africa and Latin America. In Africa, 700,000 beneficiaries are targeted over a two-year period. The program also reinforces Bayer's commitment to sustainable development, which aims to empower 100 million smallholder farmers worldwide by 2030.
The initiative has been successfully implemented in many Asian and African countries (Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania).
In Côte d'Ivoire, the initiative was first launched in the north and east of the country as a concrete solution to improve the lives of small-scale farmers by meeting their needs in terms of increasing income, popularizing agri-entrepreneurship and contributing to food security.
Small-scale producers are the backbone of many food systems, accounting for around 80% of agricultural production. The obstacles they generally face, both professionally and personally, such as access to markets, limited knowledge and lack of financing, will be eliminated thanks to the launch of the BLF center.
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