More than 70% of the world's 450 million smallholder farmers are located in the Asia-Pacific region. With limited access to knowledge, tools and opportunities, farmers' yields remain low and without the right skills and resources, they are challenged to progress beyond subsistence agriculture.
We are working with South Korea's CJ Corporation to improve sustainable agriculture across the Asia-Pacific region. Last year, in Gyeongnam province, growers faced a severely cold winter and an unusually early start to spring. But the early warm temperatures brought an attack of downy mildew on the onion crop, stunting sizes and reducing yield. In partnership with CJ Corporation, we worked to train smallholders on how to detect the cause of the mildew and treat it properly. In doing so, growers were able to increase yield by 20%. Additionally, they increased the average size of their onions, making them more marketable and profitable.