Those of us who live in cities often idealise life in the countryside. We imagine a life without worries, where time passes more slowly and where "the land provides". However, reality rarely matches expectations.
In Latin American countries, thousands of family farmers live below the poverty line. High levels of hunger and malnutrition, precarious housing, and the risks involved in farming in the countryside today challenge the public and private sector. With solutions come new approaches, and one approach at the centre of the debate is that of a living income.
What is a living income? How is it calculated? Why has it become important for governments, aid agencies and companies in the last few decades? We talked to Stephanie Daniels, member of the International Board of Directors at Rikolto and Senior Program Director of Agriculture and Development for the Sustainable Food Lab, one of the co-hosts of the Living Income Community of Practice.