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Environmental Sustainability

Overview:

Our projects promote best practices that diminish negative environmental impacts of agricultural production and processing. For example, we teach project partners to use water and energy efficiently, encourage nutrient recycling in soil and use organic fertilizers as an alternative to expensive chemical applications where appropriate. We also employ wastewater treatment, biogas digesters and energy-efficient cooling and processing equipment. From an agroecological perspective, farmers also are trained on and encouraged to use intercropping techniques and to plant fodder crops that can improve soil fertility.

On the Ground:

We promote agroecological-farming practices and promote access to water and land resources by:

  • Supporting Restoration Projects

    In deforested areas, we train our farmers to plant trees to improve the air quality and hold topsoil in place to sustain moisture and nutrients. We also show them how to compost livestock manure, rebuilding soils in an organic and sustainable way.

  • Promoting Resource Management

    Training in sustainable agricultural techniques—such as zero-grazing, improved husbandry and renewable energy systems—allows communities to manage their natural resources, building healthier and more stable environments.

  • Providing Innovative Technology Solutions

    We encourage families to make use of technologies, such as biogas stoves to make efficient use of animal waste and treadle pumps to provide clean water for whole neighborhoods. Innovations like these conserve resources, and also are more sanitary, providing people with a better quality of life.

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  •  Increase in Income & Assets
  •  Food Security & Nutrition
  •  Environment
  •  Women's Empowerment
  • Social Capital