Conservation and Science: Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Conservation

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The; Ethiopia; Indonesia

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The David and Lucile Packard Foundation works with partners around the world for social, cultural, and environmental change designed to improve the lives of children, families, and communities. 

Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Conservation Initiative

Improving farmer livelihoods while conserving natural resources.

Small-scale farms produce most of the food consumed in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Yet all too often these smallholder farmers have limited access to the agricultural and market resources necessary to sustainably manage their land and livelihoods. They also live in some of the world’s most food insecure communities.

Building on the Foundation’s experience with climate and land use, and our work in population and reproductive health, we are exploring solutions at the intersection of these fields through an Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Conservation initiative. Our work is focused on places where we have established relationships or see unique potential for impact: Ethiopia, Indonesia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

We aim to:

  • Decrease environmental degradation on farms, forests, pastoral land, and surrounding geographies while increasing productivity.
  • Improve the livelihoods and resilience of smallholder farmers and their communities, particularly for women, young people, and indigenous people .
  • Protect biodiversity from threats associated with the expansion of agriculture.

What We're Doing

We are exploring the intersection of agriculture and conservation in Ethiopia, Indonesia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and adapting our strategy as we learn.

  • Ethiopia: 
    • Exploring ways to expand sustainable agriculture, empower women, and improve outcomes for communities who depend on agriculture.
  • Indonesia
    • Piloting models in regions with vast, biodiverse forests and rapidly developing agricultural systems to support indigenous communities in stewarding their lands, sourcing food sustainably, and protecting forests.
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
    • Prioritizing the interplay between food production and conservation as we explore partnerships with other funders to improve livelihoods for women, indigenous peoples, and youth.

Initially envisioned as a two-year exploration, the Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Conservation Initiative has been extended to three years, through the end of 2019.

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