Packard to Launch Agriculture, Livelihoods, Conservation Initiative

Packard to Launch Agriculture, Livelihoods, Conservation Initiative

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has announced a new initiative focused on the intersection of agricultural livelihoods and conservation.

Piloted over three years in Indonesia, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and now a formal grantmaking strategy, the Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Conservation initiative will invest $7.5 million annually over five years, beginning in 2020, in support of small-scale farmers in tropical forest areas. In Ethiopia, ALC will continue to support smallholder farmers in the Eastern Afromontane biodiversity hotspot and will work more closely with the foundation's Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) program to improve reproductive health and agricultural livelihoods for women and young people. In Indonesia, the program will continue its grantmaking in areas where local forest-dependent communities are pursuing their own aspirations for economic and conservation success and, in partnership with the Conservation and Science program, will develop a Learn & Build portfolio in support of solutions at the intersection of smallholder farmers and conservation.

"The pilot phase confirmed that there are many creative solutions around the globe that enhance the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and rural communities while maintaining the biodiverse forests and ecosystem services that they rely on," said Conservation and Science program director Walt Reid. "We are eager to dig in with more long-term investments, applying what we've learned to a targeted approach that supports both people and planet."

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