Our Programs

Programs In Africa

The Sahel Program

  • Location

    Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Ghana

  • Value Chain Focus

    Sheeps and goats

  • Families

    516,000

  • Duration

    2014-2024

  • Major Potential Partners

    Governments of host countries, bilateral and multilaterals, foundations and major donors, other NGOs

The Sahel Program was developed to support the growth of small-scale livestock production in the Sahel region. It will seek to transform the livelihoods of 500,000 small-scale farming households, or approximately 3.5 million people, including women and youth. It will improve the livelihoods and resiliency through integrated sheep and goat value chains by the year 2025. The actions that will be undertaken by this program will result in the development of strong, integrated markets and the creation of farmer-owned business hubs that will allow small ruminant farmers to gain access to services, information, inputs and markets that will enable them to earn higher and more sustainable incomes.

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.

AFRICA CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND MITIGATION (ACCAM)

  • Location

    Africa Area Program

  • Value Chain Focus

    Overlaps with the dairy and small ruminant value chains

  • Families

    687,500

  • Duration

    2014-2024

  • Major Potential Partners

    USAID, DFID, IFAD, EU

Africa is considered most susceptible to climate change due to its vulnerability and inability to cope with the physical, human and socioeconomic consequences of climate extremes. The Africa Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (ACCAM) program aims at reducing the impacts of climate change among 3.85 million people, including 687,500 families in disaster-prone communities in Africa. The program overlaps and intersects with the value chains programs for Africa, which prioritize dairy and small ruminant meat. The key intended program results are: increased food security through promotion of adaptive climate resilient food systems, increased access to renewable energy and sustainable management of natural resources, increased access to water for agricultural production, sanitation and hygiene and increased women’s participation in control of resources, leadership and decision-making.

Programs In Asia

BANGLADESH BEEF AND DAIRY VALUE CHAIN PROGRAM

  • Location

    Bangladesh

  • Value chains

    Beef and dairy

  • Families

    120,000

  • Duration

    2013-2024

  • Major partnerships

    National and local governments and other local stakeholders

Over a 10-year period, Heifer Bangladesh will focus on two commodities that the country currently imports: beef and dairy. The program plans to increase the incomes of 120,000 families from less than $1,800 to $2,500 as well as supply 25,000 metric tons of beef and 38,000 metric tons of milk per annum. By working in the beef and dairy industries, Heifer Bangladesh will not only be able to bring poor, small-scale farmers to a position of resiliency, but they also will be poised to leverage support and collaboration from other stakeholders in the government and private sector with similar priorities. When these goals are met, it will result in an estimated return on investment of $27 for every dollar spent during the program period.

SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS FOR SMALL-SCALE FARMERS IN RURAL CHINA

  • Location

    China

  • Value chains

    Small runinants and swine

  • Families

    1 million

  • Duration

    2014-2023

  • Major partnerships

    Heifer Hong Kong, national and local government and other local stakeholders

By 2023, Heifer China will bring 1 million families from a state of poverty and vulnerability to sustainability and resilience through Values Based Holistic Community Development and participation in viable small ruminant and swine enterprises. At least half the participants will raise their annual income around $1,600 to $7,750 and another 40 percent will increase their annual income to $4,400. The program will supply an additional 2.5 million small ruminants and 2.5 million swine annually to markets through environmentally sustainable farming practices. When these goals are met, it will result in an estimated return on investment of $33 for every dollar spent during the program period.

INDIA GOAT AND DAIRY VALUE CHAIN PROGRAM

  • Location

    India

  • Value chains

    Goat and dairy

  • Families

    600,000

  • Duration

    2014-2023

  • Major partnerships

    Local and state government, corporate and private entities and other local stakeholders

Through this 10-year program, Heifer India will move more than 600,000 families from extreme poverty and hunger to resilient, food-secured and sustainable livelihoods. Through a focus on the goat and dairy value chains, participants will increase income per family from $2,000 to $4,160. Small-scale farming families will increase goat and milk production, supplying 6.9 million goats and 206 million liters of milk annually. When these goals are met, it will result in an estimated return on investment of $58 for every dollar spent during the program period.

CAMBODIA SWINE AND NATIVE CHICKEN VALUE CHAIN PROGRAM

  • Location

    Cambodia

  • Value chains

    Swine and native chicken

  • Families

    300,000

  • Duration

    2013-2023

  • Major partnerships

    Provincial and local governments, local NGOs, institutional donors and other local stakeholders

Through this 10-year program, Heifer Cambodia will move more than 300,000 families from extreme poverty and hunger to resilient, food-secured and sustainable livelihoods. Through a focus on the swine and native chicken value chains, participants will increase income per family from $1,400 to $3,100. Small-scale families will increase pork and native chicken production, supplying 700,000 swine and 3.25 million chickens annually and contributing an average of 71 percent to total pork demand and a 72 percent chicken demand respectively. When these goals are met, it will result in an estimated return on investment of $39 for every dollar spent during the program period.

NEPAL GOAT AND DAIRY VALUE CHAIN PROGRAM

  • Location

    Nepal

  • Value chains

    Goat and dairy

  • Families

    500,000

  • Duration

    2012-2023

  • Major partnerships

    National and local governments and other local stakeholders

Through this 10-year program, Heifer Nepal will work to bring 500,000 families from a state of poverty and vulnerability to sustainability and resilience through their engagement in competitive, sustainable and inclusive goat and dairy value chain enterprises. The work will bring economic growth, improved livelihoods and food and nutrition security. The program will supply an additional 900,000 meat goats per year and 100,000 liters of milk per day to markets, contributing to a 50 percent reduction in goat imports and 25 percent reduction in dairy imports respectively. This will increase income of participant families from $970 to $2,800 a year with around 45 percent of the target families increasing their income to $4,000 per year. When these goals are met, it will result in an estimated return on investment of $38.70 for every dollar spent during the program period

PHILIPPINES DAIRY AND SWINE VALUE CHAIN PROGRAM

  • Location

    Philippines

  • Value chains

    Swine and dairy

  • Families

    200,000

  • Duration

    2014-2023

  • Major partnerships

    National dairy authority, local government and other local stakeholders.

Through this 10-year program, Heifer Philippines will move more than 200,000 families from extreme poverty and hunger to resilient, food-secured and sustainable livelihoods. Through a focus on the swine and dairy value chains, participants will increase income per family from $1,500 to $3,400. Small-scale farming families will increase pork and milk production, supplying 2.1 million swine and 40.14 million liters of milk annually and families will contribute an average of 14 percent to total pork demand and 2.3 percent contribution to import substitution. When these goals are met, it will result in an estimated return on investment of $31 for every dollar spent during the program period.

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.

Programs In The Americas

GANASOL Agriculture & Livestock Program

  • Location

    Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico

  • Ecosystem

    Hillsides

  • Value chains

    Staple foods

  • Families

    696,000

  • Duration

    2014-2024

  • Funding Partners

    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, GEF, Solidaridad Network

  • Co-Funding Partners

    Tropical Agriculture and Research Center (CATIE), International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Escuela Agricola El Zamorano (EAP), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Ayuda en Accion, AECID, Terre des Hommes, European Union, local agriculture ministries

The GANASOL program supports small-scale farming, indigenous and afro-descendant populations in order to increase the competitiveness of their agricultural production, ensure their food security and increase their interaction with local and broader markets. All of this is done under conditions that make it possible to generate reasonable profits for all involved in value chains, such as basic grains, poultry and guinea pigs, goat, swine, quinoa, amaranth, beans, native potatoes, fruits and agroecological produce.

PROMESA Coffee & Cocoa Program

  • Location

    Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico

  • Ecosystem

    Agroforestry

  • Value chains

    Coffee, cocoa, cardamom and honey

  • Families

    164,000

  • Duration

    2014-2024

  • Funding Partners

    The Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Keurig Green Mountain, Ford Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo

  • Co-Funding Partners

    Veco Mesoamerica (Vredeseilanden), Catholic Relief Services, OXFAM Great Britain, We Effect

The PROMESA coffee and cocoa program aims to implement a series of actions enabling small-scale coffee and cacao growers to cope with food insecurity while incorporating farmers into organizational structures for marketing to reduce their food vulnerability and also to reduce their dependence on a single seasonal product and generate income for them year-round.

PROCOSTA COASTAL & MANGROVE ECOSYSTEMS

  • Location

    Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia

  • Ecosystem

    Mangroves

  • Value chains

    Fish/shellfish

  • Families

    168,500

  • Duration

    2014-2024

The PROCOSTA program will have two main and closely-related approaches: Mitigating climate change and improving household economies, food security and the livelihoods of the people associated with mangrove and coastal zones.

SAN SECO DRY CORRIDOR Program

  • Location

    Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia

  • Ecosystem

    Dry forest/dry corridor

  • Value chains

    Goats

  • Families

    132,000

  • Duration

    2014-2024

  • Co-Funding

    DISOP Belgium, OXFAM Great Britain, Veterinarians Without Borders, local ministries of agriculture and livestock

This program’s goal is to improve the economic level and food and nutritional security of families and rural communities in the dry forest of Central and South America. SAN SECO will help farmers start productive and value-added enterprises of dry forest goods and services, diversifying production for improved food availability and access and promoting social and community management of forest resources. The program involves the practice of sustainable productive activities, conservation and recovery of the ecosystem; generation and diversification of income under a value chain approach and partnership strategies, and improving food and nutritional security and social capital.

PACHA – Camelid Program

  • 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.

Programs In The USA

Heifer USA

  • Location

    Arkansas

  • 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

    Hospitality House, 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 one of the poorest regions in the United States. 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.