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There are 2.5 billion people who live and work on 500 million smallholder farms around the world, each less than 5 acres (roughly 2 hectares).

These smallholder family farmers produce 70% of our food on 60% of the planet’s arable land, but they also represent the majority of the poorest and hungriest people on earth.

With a bit of help, smallholder farmers can significantly increase their yields and contribute to greater food security as we face a growing world population. If they use organic principles in the process of growing more food, this helps minimize climate change. If women farmers are supported along the way, this has been shown to further increase overall yields at the same time as improving life for women and girls. And if tree planting is linked to improving agriculture, farmers will become an important force in reforestation.

In order to unlock this collective potential of smallholder farmers, we have to throw away outmoded models of development assistance based on handouts and a culture of dependence. What is needed is a bold new approach that utilizes philanthropic funds to incubate sustainable, practical and farmer-owned business solutions that start by transforming families and communities but end up changing the world.



Impact farming aims to serve as the catalyst for a movement that takes smallholder farmers from being largely invisible to global center stage.


To work with smallholder farmers to advance social business solutions that integrate sustainable food production with increased tree cover and self-financed community development. 


Impact Farming is a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization operating under the laws of the United States.



Hugh Locke
President and Founder
President and Co-Founder, Smallholder Farmers Alliance

John (Nick) R. Drexel IV
Chairman, Saga 3, LLC

Gregory Grene
Co-Founder, Andrew Grene Foundation

Benjamin Krause
Chief of Staff for Sean Penn; PhD candidate, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Berkeley

Mary McLaughlin
Founder, Trees That Feed Foundation

Margaret Morey-Reuner  
Senior Manager - Values Marketing, The Timberland Company


Timote Georges
Executive Director and Co-Founder, Smallholder Farmers Alliance


Mark Bamford





Impact Farming has its roots in the Smallholder Farmers Alliance in Haiti.


The Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) applies a social enterprise model to help feed and reforest a renewed Haiti by establishing farmer cooperatives, building agricultural export markets, launching a micro-credit bank, creating rural farm businesses and contributing to community development.

The SFA’s 3,200 farmer members currently plant one million trees a year, have increased crop yields by an average of 40% and have generally doubled their household income. 

The organization operates as a non-profit charitable foundation under the laws of Haiti.

Impact Farming was inspired by the SFA, which is now its most important program.



Number of farmer members: 3,200

Percentage of farmer members who are women: 46
Number of non-farmer members receiving training: 900
Number of tree nurseries: 19
Number of tree planted since start in 2010: 4,916,000 (including trees that will still be in the nursery at the end of 2015 awaiting transplanting)
Land under cultivation by farmer members: 2,550 hectares / 6,300 acres
Number of women farmer members currently receiving micro-credit loans: 102
Estimated average increase in crop yields by farmer members: 40
Estimated average increase in household income by farmer members: 50
Estimated number of additional children of farmer-members placed in school: 3,400
Estimated total number of farmers (members and non-members) plus their family members impacted: 13,520