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Sourcing from Smallholders: Complex Challenge or Commercial Opportunity? Perspectives from Investors and Agribusinesses

Continued importance of small-scale agriculture in Low- to Middle-Income Country (LMIC) Agriculture is key to rural livelihoods, employing 70% of the labour force across low-income countries worldwide.14 In sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, smallholders contribute to 80% of food production, whilst globally, smallholder farmers comprise 95% of all farms. The poverty reduction and employment potential of the agricultural sector is well-established, with opportunities in primary production, processing, transport and distribution, retailing and upstream services.