22%Live in rural areas
26%Rely on agriculture for livelihood
3%Live below poverty line
Twenty-two percent of Peru’s population live in rural areas. The World Bank reports that 19 percent of its land area is used for agricultural purposes and about 26 percent of its total population rely on agriculture for their livelihoods.
Peru rates 82 out of 187 countries according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index (2014). Three percent of its 30 million people live below the poverty line, on $1.25 a day, and four and a half percent of children under 5 are malnourished
Our Work In Peru
Families living in Andean countries are vulnerable to hunger and poverty— especially indigenous and rural populations of the Andean Basin. Heifer Peru works with many of these families to create long-lasting change, such as more income and better diets.
We provide small-scale farmers, including women, with gifts of animals, seeds, equipment and training that help them increase their income. We also teach farmers how to grow enough food for his or her family in an Earth-friendly, sustainable way.
Through our programs, farmers gain access to better tools and find buyers for their products. We also train farmers in political advocacy so they can lobby for access to and control of their natural resources.
Full Participation, Leadership Training, Asset Ownership, Market Training
Enterprise and Value Chain Development, Entrepreneurship
Passing on the Gift®, 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development, Farmer Exchange Visits, Government Alliances, Information and Communication Technologies
Animal and Crop Management, Dietary Diversification, Vegetable Gardening, Food System Development, Food Security, Healthy Homes
Natural Resource Management, Agroecology, Agroforestry, Policy Development
Programs and Projects
PROMESAEconomic Improvement and Food Security in Coffee, Cocoa, and Other Crop Commodities
GANASOLLivestock and Sustainable Agriculture on Latin American Hillsides
SAN SECOFood and Nutritional Security in the Central and South American Dry Corridor
PACHAThe Andean Plateau, Paramo, Camelid and Yarn