Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

Five Skills for Smallholder Farmers

What skills do smallholder farmers need in order to succeed?

These guides explain how to help farmers strengthen five of their skills to successfully engage with markets.

What is the purpose of the guides? 

Our goal is to help vulnerable farmers use better methods of production and marketing to improve their livelihoods.

The series presents an integrated and sequential approach to strengthening the capacity of farmers—both men and women—to link with markets and manage their resources. The guides aim to help farmers better manage their finances, achieve more sustainable production, improve their market performance, and stay innovative and competitive.

How were the guides developed?

The idea for the series came from a regional review of countries. The review explored what made some farmer groups more successful than others. It also asked farmers which skills they needed support to develop. The manuals were created through the support of 130 practitioners from 19 organizations and 12 countries. The manuals have been prepared for use by development facilitators, field extension agents and community leaders working with poor rural communities.