Heifer Mexico

Live in Rural Areas

Rely on Agriculture

Live Below the Poverty Line


Twenty-one percent of Mexico’s population live in rural areas. The World Bank reports that 55 percent of its land area is used for agricultural purposes and 13 percent of its total population rely on agriculture for their livelihoods.

Mexico rates 71 out of 187 countries according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index (2014). About 1 percent of its 122 million people live below the poverty line, on $1.25 a day, and about 3 percent of children under 5 are malnourished.

445 Families
Were Assisted in FY2014

Livestock Placed In FY2014

Our Work In Mexico

Heifer Mexico contributes to food sovereignty, or the rights of people to produce their own food. We provide gifts of animals, seeds, equipment and training that create long-lasting change among small-scale farmers and their communities.

In Mexico, these gifts are reducing farmers’ dependence on coffee production as a sole source of income. Our support enables farmers to increase their farming potential, earn greater profits, and improve their families’ diets with diverse, nutritious food.

Farmers learn how to establish small businesses and find buyers on the local, national and international markets. Our programs focus on products such as coffee, cacao, cardamom, corn, beans and livestock.

Hermenio Vasquez
Hermenio Vasquez picks coffee near Rancho Bonito. He uses his horse to haul coffee sacks from his fields to the community.
  • Women’s Empowerment

    Full participation, Women’s self-help groups

  • Increased Income

    Value chain access, Entrepreneurship, Crop diversification, Post-harvest processing, Ethno-veterinarian training

  • Social Capital

    Passing on the Gift®, 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development, Farmers groups

  • Nutrition

    Animal and crop management, Vegetable gardening

  • Environment

    Agroecology, Agroforestry

Programs and Projects


    Economic Improvement and Food Security in Coffee, Cocoa, and Other Crop Commodities

    Livestock and Sustainable Agriculture on Latin American Hillsides

    Food and Nutritional Security in the Central and South American Dry Corridor

    Sustainable Management of Coastal and Mangrove Ecosystems

Project Partners


  • Keurig Green Mountain

Local Implementing Partners

  • Triunvo Verde S.C.
  • Comon Yaj Noptic S.S.S.


Heifer International Mexico

Heifer International Mexico

Quintana Roo No. 103, Colonia Centro Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca 68000, México

T: (52) 951-514-1059

E: Heifer.Mexico@heifer.org

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