Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Conservation

Why It’s Important

We can help farmers protect our planet and nourish the world at the same time.

As the planet’s population approaches eight billion people, the growing demand for food is pushing agriculture into forests and other natural areas, and climate change places further pressure on vital ecosystems.

Small-scale farms produce most of the world’s food supply in developing countries, but land degradation, biodiversity loss, and market barriers have challenged the resilience of these farmers. We need new ways to strengthen farmer livelihoods, while also conserving the planet’s natural resources.

1 billion+

people globally are living in poverty in rural areas and depend on agriculture for their livelihoods

80%

of global deforestation is attributed to the expansion of agriculture

33%

of the world’s farmland is highly to moderately degraded

50%

increase in demand for food and agricultural products by 2050

Through grantmaking, we are working to find new ways to address these challenges.