Employment and Income

Switzerland is supporting smallholder farmers, in particular women and youth, to earn a better income by improving their access to economic opportunities and (self) employment, and by increasing their influence in policy making.

Around 65% of the Tanzanian active population rely on agriculture. This is the main source of income for women and youth.

Smallholder farmers face many challenges, such as limited access to quality and innovative skills, financial services, limiting improvement of agricultural productivity and access to gainful (self) employment. In addition, their interests are not always adequately addressed in policy making.

Switzerland will contribute to increased income of smallholder farmers, in particular women and youth, through:

  1. Increased economic opportunities and access to (self) employment;

  2. Increased influence in local and national policy making.  

Farmer working in a maize field in Nicaragua
Farmer working in a maize field in Nicaragua ©SDC

In many developing countries, agriculture plays a highly important role in terms of food security and is often a significant contributor to the national economy. By supporting farmers in the areas of production, marketing and the sustainable use of resources, the SDC is making a substantial contribution to poverty reduction.

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