Our Work Around the World

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Location markers are used to describe projects within a country and are not representative of exact project locations

Work Highlights

Africa

East Africa Dairy Development, Phase II

In Eastern Africa, “milk money” is no small change.

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Nepal

Empowering Women Farmers

Building roads out of poverty in Nepal.

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Haiti

Reach

Rural entrepreneurs for agricultural cooperation in Haiti

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USA

Arkansas and Appalachia

Poverty is closer to home than you think.

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Achieving Sustainable Livelihoods

For generations, we have provided resources and training for struggling small-scale farmers in order to give them a chance to change their circumstances. But solving hunger and poverty on a global scale requires focus on sound, community-based work aligned with a long-term commitment to achieving self-reliance.

How Are We Helping?

Each region of the world supports the people who live there in different ways. Recognizing this, we have developed our guiding principles, our 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development, to serve as the foundation for community growth. By applying these fundamental values to each project, we are seeing significant strides in ending hunger and poverty every year.

  • We mobilize people by linking small-scale farmers to markets, empowering economic growth and stability across entire regions.

  • By using mentoring programs, we are training project partners in the skills they need to develop production experience and business expertise.

  • Our partnerships with governments, private organizations, non-profit coalitions and other networks enable us to find effective solutions with substantial impact.

A Concentrated Effort

We organize our work into large-scale programs that consist of strategic initiatives that aim to meet the long-term needs of communities in many parts of the globe. We create deeper impact in the lives of our project partners by improving access to income, education, sanitation, water sources, health care and infrastructure.

Our Programs By Region

SOUTHERN AFRICA GOAT VALUE CHAIN PROGRAM

  • Location

    Southern Africa with initial focus on Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and South Africa, with potential expansion

  • Value Chain Focus

    Goats

  • Families

    350,000

  • Duration

    2014-2024

  • Major Potential Partners

    Host country governments, bilateral and multilateral organizations, International NGOs, private sector

The Southern Africa Goat Value Chain Program aims at improving food and income security among small-scale ruminant producers in southern Africa through integrated interventions that improve production, productivity and market access. The program will organize farmers into producers associations and build their capacity in cooperative management. It also will establish market infrastructures around which other services can be accessed.

VIETNAM BEEF AND DAIRY VALUE CHAIN PROGRAM

  • Location

    Five provinces in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

  • Value chains

    Beef and dairy value chains

  • Families

    120,000

  • Duration

    2014-2023

  • Major partnerships

    Provincial Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, Women's Unions and Farmers' Associations

The program will target 120,000 small-scale farming families in five provinces in the Mekong Delta to develop a strong foundation of social capital, improve their livelihoods, increase food security and improve nutritional practices and effectively integrate in the beef and dairy value chains. It is estimated that approximately 40 percent of the target population will be small-scale farmers at Level A and 60 percent at Level B. By 2023, all families will achieve self-reliance and resilience through their participation in the beef and dairy cow value chains.

PACHA – Camelid Value Chain for Food Security

  • Location

    Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia

  • Ecosystem

    Moorland

  • Value chains

    Alpacas and llamas

  • Families

    96,000

  • Duration

    2014-2024

  • Co-Funding

    Local municipalities, ministries of agriculture

For an indigenous farmer or artisan in the Andean region, alpaca, llama and vicuña production is vital to survival, but due to climate change, agriculture has new challenges. The PACHA program brings new sustainable farming models plus the critical component of reliable market access so that farmers and artisans have a market to sell their meats and other goods, moving these families from simply surviving to thriving.

Heifer USA

  • Location

    Arkansas, Appalachia Region

  • Value chains

    Livestock (including pastured-raised poultry [broilers and turkeys], pastured pork, grass-fed beef, sheep and goats) and Horticulture

  • Duration

    2014-2020

  • Major Partnerships

    Appalachian District Health Department, Appalachian State University, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, High Country Farms, LLC, High Country Local First, High Country Workforce Development Board, Hospitality House, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Baptist Health, FORGE, Inc., Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative, LLC, Rotary International

Heifer's work in the United States involves building and reviving local food systems for farmers in two of the poorest regions in the United States – the Arkansas Delta and Appalachia. We help low resource, small-scale farmers build livestock businesses and local food value chains, which connects them to consistent and profitable markets. This program aims to increase incomes for local producers and improve the viability of their farms. It also spurs rural economic development by creating new employment opportunities and increasing the availability of nutritious, sustainably grown food in these regions. Our goal is to increase the average income of participating farmers by at least 30 percent in these areas, provided them with a living wage. The farmer-owned businesses established through this program will support farm families and rural communities beyond the project duration.

Reputation and Reliability

Our donors’ generosity has allowed us to establish and maintain country offices around the world with decades of experience. This broad support and knowledge serves as leverage for institutional support from bi- and multilateral agencies, foundations and corporations to exponentially multiply and expand program impact, and a network of more than 400,000 committed individuals, businesses and organizations support our programs.