How to Help Small Farmers Around the World


By Carroll Colette J. Yorgey
The best way to help small farmers around the world is to first think of climate change, global warming, the environment, and natural disasters. These issues all affect on how well a small farmer can utilize his land for optimum crop yields.
Education
In almost all cases, education is the best way to help the small farmer. Due to changing weather patterns and environmental conditions, small farmers should be taught all aspects of sustainable farming such as how to replenish degraded soils, how to prevent land erosion, how to stabilize existing erosion, planting the right crops for a region, planting the right crops for the climate and weather, crop rotation, how not to use chemical fertilizers, alternatives to pesticides and herbicides, composting, growing food during a natural disaster, and the economics of farming.
Agricultural organizations
Agricultural organizations worldwide should gear themselves to helping the small farmer by providing funding, education, and farming agents. Agricultural organizations should also study small farms everywhere to determine the needs of specific geographical regions and provide written materials to farmers in these regions on how to best utilize their lands according to weather and climate patterns.
Community economics
A good example of how to help farmers in developing countries is the Community Economic Development program at Southern New Hampshire University that offers a program for international students. Students come from many different developing countries to learn the economics of operating sustainable farms in their communities. They take back to their community better ways to operate their farms to yield the best crops under their existing conditions.
Other agricultural organizations, universities and colleges, environmental organizations, and NGOs could offer similar programs to help the small farmer.
The individual
As a member of society, any person who wanted to help the small farmers of the world could volunteer their time at one of the organizations that helps small farmers. In order to do this, a person should become familiar with best farming practices such as organic farming, sustainable agriculture, community gardens, best environmental practices for growing healthy and nutritious foods, and how to combat natural disasters. Once a person feels he knows the essentials about good farming he should volunteer his services.
Buy locally
Another way to help the small farmers around the world is to buy locally. Buy local produce in your own community. Local produce is usually grown by small farmers. Buy buying locally you are supporting your own community. If everyone supported their own community all communities would benefit.
Buy organic
If you are purchasing imported foods such as coconuts, pineapples, bananas, and coffee it is best to buy organic, because these organic products are usually grown by small farmers in developing countries. They need your support to continue farming as small farmers. If you continually buy foods at supermarkets that are not organic you are not helping small farmers, you are helping multinational conglomerate farms that pollute the soil, our water systems, and contribute to global warming and climate change, thus creating a vicious cycle of environmental degradation, poor food quality, and small farmers who will have no way of making a living.
In conclusion, to help small farmers worldwide, buy locally and organic; and support organizations that educate and fund small farmers around the world.
Copyright © 2018 Carroll Colette J. Yorgey