The has announced a partnership with the government of the Netherlands to implement in Malawi and Tanzania.
The Dutch government will invest $3 million in the 's efforts to encourage smallholder farmers to adopt green practices that support natural re-nourishment of depleted soils, water retention within that soil, protection of surrounding watersheds and forests, and reduction of harmful emissions from agriculture. Since launching its agriculture program in Malawi in 2008, CDI has helped smallholder farmers increase crop yields and boost their incomes by implementing CSA practices that reduce their vulnerability to droughts and floods and by lowering the costs of inputs and improving access to markets. The new investment will support CDI's efforts to scale the program in Malawi and replicate it in Tanzania.
"Farming in a sustainable way, in a climate-smart way, is vital for our future," said former President Bill Clinton. "Our global economic growth over the long term depends on it, as does each individual agricultural community's social and environmental welfare."
CDI works with 21,000 smallholders in Malawi and plans to grow that number to 100,000 by the 2015-16 growing season. In Malawi, CDI operates five commercial farms, each of which serves as a hub for smallholder farmers, providing them with access to higher-quality and lower-priced seed, fertilizer, and other inputs.
"The world needs to act urgently to ensure food and nutrition security in the face of climate change. At the same time, the way we farm and use land can have an important impact on the emissions which imperil yields and livelihoods," said Rachel Kyte, vice president for sustainable development at the , which supports CDI's Malawi program. "We can already see extreme weather increasing the vulnerability of the global food system. This is a global issue that demands a collective response."