From This Land

Most of the world’s 570 million farms are small and family-operated.

As producers of over 70% of the world’s food, they are critical to biodiversity and food security.

This matters because only 12 plants and five animal species make up 75% of the global diet, leaving our food systems vulnerable to natural disasters and disease.

Sharing better ways to grow food with such a large and diverse group of farmers is a big challenge.

It has to happen, however, because demand for agricultural crops is set to double as our planet’s population climbs to 9.1 billion by 2050.

A global shift is underway. Research and sustainable farming practices are changing futures.

In Cambodia, New Zealand taxpayers and plant scientists are lending a hand: working alongside farmers, advisors, not-for-profits, science institutes, designers and the business community.

Best-practice development is reuniting families, lifting incomes and improving the environment.

Writer Phil Johnstone 
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