What We Fund

Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Conservation

Improving farmer livelihoods while conserving natural resources.

Small-scale farms produce most of the food consumed in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Yet all too often these smallholder farmers have limited access to the agricultural and market resources necessary to sustainably manage their land and livelihoods. They also live in some of the world’s most food insecure communities.

Building on the Foundation’s experience with climate and land use, and our work in population and reproductive health, we are exploring solutions at the intersection of these fields through an Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Conservation initiative. Our work is focused on places where we have established relationships or see unique potential for impact: Ethiopia, Indonesia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

We aim to:

  • Decrease environmental degradation on farms, forests, pastoral land, and surrounding geographies while increasing productivity.
  • Improve the livelihoods and resilience of smallholder farmers and their communities, particularly for women, young people, and indigenous people .
  • Protect biodiversity from threats associated with the expansion of agriculture.


  • “Investing in agriculture provides solutions at the intersection of some of the world’s most pressing problems –biodiversity loss, climate change, food insecurity, and economic inequality.”

    Chris DeCardy, Vice President and Director of Programs, The Packard Foundation

  • “We believe in the potential of smallholder farmers to transform food systems to be more equitable, sustainable, and productive; and to be stewards of vital natural resources.”

    Kai Carter, Program Officer, The Packard Foundation