By Iain MacGillivray. Sustainable smallholder agriculture provides a powerful vehicle to deliver multiple benefits across all of the dimensions of sustainable development for people no matter where they live. While needing to deliver global food security and improved nutritional outcomes, sustainable smallholder farming also offers expanded employment opportunities while managing the natural resource base sustainably and remaining resilient to the effects of climate change. It is not peripheral, but rather at the very nexus of sustainable, inclusive development.
Iain MacGillivray is a Special Advisor to the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) focusing on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development framework and on embedding nutrition throughout IFAD. His career spans farm management in Argentina, farming in the Sudan, integrated rural development in the Americas and marketing and consultative work for the private and public sectors. He is a strong supporter of food-based approaches to micronutrient malnutrition, and of bridging the divide between agriculture, nutrition and health. He was awarded CIDA’s Presidential Award for Excellence for his work in developing Canada’s Food Security Strategy.
The Water, Food, Energy and Climate Nexus: Challenges and an agenda for action. Edited by Felix Dodds and Jamie Bartram. London, New York 2016, pp. 197-203