Our farmer training mobile app is an innovative program connecting a network of over 1.3 million rural farmers in 40 countries to information on sustainable farming methods. We're arming these communities with the tools to combat drought, desertification, famine and other environmental and humanitarian crises linked to climate change. Your support will allow us to scale up this program, provide tablets to farmers and trainers, and expand climate-smart agriculture best-practices to remote areas.
Agriculture drives 80% of deforestation and produces 1.5 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year. More than 70% of the global food supply is produced by smallholders: many of whom live well below the poverty line and struggle with limited access to resources. For these communities, the impacts of climate change are already real rather than hypothetical - in today's hyper-connected world, fighting climate change and building resilience to its impact are urgent priorities for us all.
We're working in some of the world's most vulnerable regions to conserve forests, protect rivers, and nurture healthy soil. With an increasingly unstable global climate, farmers are faced with a growing challenge to produce enough for their families and for our planet. Connecting rural communities to climate-smart agricultural practices, each other, and the world is an important step towards climate adaptation and food security. The training app reaches millions of farmers with one simple tool.
The race to feed the world's growing population (9.8 billion by 2050) while conserving natural resources begins now. Climate-smart agriculture increases yield without expanding farmland or destroying fragile ecosystems. With low-cost mobile devices and telecommunications increasingly available in developing nations, agricultural technology is a vital way to collaborate and ensure food security. If we want to save forests and natural resources, we need to connect with farmers to feed our future.