Global Family Farms is a marketing channel to empower impoverished rural farmers to overcome poverty and economic exploitation by connecting them with international markets for premium organic and sustainable products.
One of the recurring challenges encountered by international rural development projects is that training farmers to produce high quality, diverse food crops significantly improves local food security, but does not succeed at improving the overall economic status of the farmers. For rural communities to prosper, farmers need stable markets into which they can deliver products for fair returns. The expanded cash income enables them to meet a wide range of other non-food household needs, including clothing and shelter, healthcare, and education. Global Family Farms supports rural development projects in meeting these economic needs.
Wherever rural development projects are implemented around the world, there are culturally unique food that would be highly attractive in international markets if produced to premium organic standards, and delivered to the market in a professional and creative fashion. However it is virtually impossible for farmers or small, independent rural development projects to effectively access these markets on their own.
Currently in the pilot phase, Global Family Farms will function as a marketing channel that works with small-scale rural farmers to groom their products for the international market. We will create world-class branded food products that reflect the unique cultural qualities of the regions where they are produced. Global Family Farms will employ a highly professional marketing and sales approaches to deliver these products to market. A portion of profits from these products will then be delivered by back to rural farming cooperatives, communities and farmers.
Earth Open Source is actively working to create partnerships with family farmers and community organization. Some of our partners include: