Climate change is adversely impacting smallholder farmers globally, affecting yield, incomes, and the quality and availability of natural resources. Conversely, agriculture is also a significant emitter of greenhouse gases through land use changes and agrochemical use. IDH addresses these issues in a systemic way through multi-stakeholder action.

Following IDH’s PPI landscape approach, we build multi-stakeholder coalitions in regions that are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. We then facilitate the formation of ‘Compacts,’ which lay out a locally-owned vision for the sustainable development of the region – from a socioeconomic and environmental perspective. Through implementing field-level projects and leveraging investments, the partners create a business case for climate-resilient, gender-intentional, and regenerative business models. These are replicated and scaled up through public-private sector collaboration. Companies are key, both to co-finance the transition to regenerative agriculture as well as to shift sourcing practices away from ‘business as usual’ and create more demand for landscape produce.

We support businesses, financiers and civil society to realize sustainable trade in global value chains while providing cotton farmers access to climate-resilient practices which in turn will enhance and de-risk them from climate fluctuations.


With our global programs, we are building resilience in faming communities through:

  • Good agricultural practices
  • Soil conservation and land development
  • Water resource development and management
  • Gender empowerment
  • Farmer capacity building
  • Better income through alternate livelihood
  • Regenerative farming

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