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  • AKF has worked with cacao collector Mr Joma Abdoul Sylvain on upgrading the quality of his cacao beans so that he can sell them at a higher price and improve his family's revenue.
    AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura
  • Karimkol runs a nursery in Ala-Buka in Jalalabad region, Kyrgyz Republic. He grows apple, apricot, cherry, plums and other seedlings before selling them on to farmers. As part of its food security and economic inclusion work, AKF supported Karimkol by providing him weeding equipment to increase his productivity.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • Dam and irrigation channel, Satpara, Pakistan - an AKRSP supported project to control flash floods via a talorian weir and provide water for farmers to irrigate their land through 2,500 metres of irrigation channels. It supports 800 households.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • AKF’s Mountain Societies Development Support Programme in Kyrgyz Republic.
    AKDN / Jean-Luc Ray
  • The Coastal Rural Support Programme in Tanzania, or CRSP(T), is a multi-input area development programme of the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF). Local farmers here are being trained on conservation agriculture in maize and cassava fields.
    AKDN / Lucas Cuervo Moura
Agriculture and food security - Overview

Ensuring tangible food security, agricultural development and sustainable resource management has been at the centre of the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)’s activities since it began. Agriculture remains the single largest employer in the world, providing livelihoods for 40 percent of today’s global population. The world’s 500 million small farms worldwide provide up to 80 percent of the food consumed.

However, 800 million people worldwide still lack regular access to adequate amounts of food. Adding to the traditional challenges is a changing climate that is impacting many farmers: global emissions of carbon dioxide have increased by almost 50 percent since 1990; and Himalayan snow and ice are expected to decline 20 percent by 2030.

In organising AKF’s activities in the following categories, AKF aims to enhance food security, increase sustainable utilisation of natural resources, improve livelihoods from agriculture, and improve resilience towards climate change. Of particular importance is the role of women; it is estimated that the elimination of the gender gap would lower the number of undernourished people in the world by 150 million.