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Global agribusiness giant Cargill and international civil society organisation Solidaridad have formed a partnership in five countries to help soyabean and palm oil producers improve climate and land use practices and increase income.

The three-year programme would reach an estimated 3,400 farmers in Latin America and Asia, Cargill said on 21 September.

Initially, the USD$4.6M programme would focus on soyabean and palm oil producers in five countries: Argentina; Bolivia; Colombia; Malaysia and Paraguay.

Support would include training in good agricultural practices, support for farmers to achieve sustainability certifications, improved productivity and market access, and responsible land and water use, the companies said.

Although Cargill and Solidaridad had been working together for over a decade at a regional and local level to increase sustainable practices and partner with farmers to improve livelihoods while conserving natural resources, they said the new partnership would allow more resources to be dedicated to programme work with farmers.