He acknowledges that the transformation of the small-farm economy is one of the biggest economic challenges of our time. For some, it entails growth into specialized, market-oriented farms; others will change to part-time farming combined with off-farm rural jobs. And for others, this transformation will mean a move out of agriculture. The pathways of transformation differ by region and will take decades. Policy must take a long-run view to support and guide this process efficiently, effectively, and in social fairness. The role of women farmers and their livelihoods requires particular attention.
At HRNS, we are familiar with these dynamics. We support farmers in their strive to maintain viable rural livelihoods. In many cases, coffee or cocoa as a cash crop play an important role in farming systems. Through professionalization and market connection, cash crops can make an important contribution to making rural livelihoods financially and socially viable.