The adoption of environmentally friendly farming methods such as Natural Agriculture practices increases yields and improves livelihoods and food security. The Natural Agriculture farming methods focuses on using locally available renewable resources instead of purchasing chemical inputs. Moreover, Natural Agriculture produces lower emissions and is more resilient in times of climate extremes such as drought and heavy rains.
- Lack of investment in women: Women are a critical component of agriculture in developing countries, comprising an average 43% of the agricultural labor force, and contributing to ensuring food security and nutrition. Due to their specific roles in food production, many women are the repositories of knowledge about cultivation, processing, and preservation of nutritious and locally adapted crop varieties. Given the right possibilities, such knowledge can allow women to be innovation leaders in sustainable agriculture. Unfortunately, despite their wealth of knowledge and capacity, women farmers are neglected by policy makers, face gender discrimination and are often disproportionately affected by poverty and hunger.
- Lack of investment in the rural comunity: Poor road networks and access to potential markets in cities; lack of access to water for irrigation
- Lack of market knowledge and skills: Production and marketing are the beginning and end of a farming system. Farm management is not just the production of food, fiber, and fuel crops, but also includes the distribution and marketing of those products. A successful agricultural operation depends 50% on production skills and 50% on business management and marketing skills.
- Lack of infrastructure: Food storage facilities in particular
- Lack of training and informative, educational communication materials