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Editor's note: This article originally appeared on  Devex Impact  as part of a series on the future of International NGOs. The series examines how INGOs, "are transitioning their partnership strategies from traditional corporate partnerships to more scalable initiatives." 


With the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals this year, there will be both celebration for goals met and a rehashing of where development fell short.

The first MDG target is to halve the proportion of people whose income is less than $1.25 a day between 1990 and 2015. That target was met in 2010, and there is great hope that the percentage of the global population living in “extreme poverty” will be nearly zero by 2030.

But anyone who has lived on $1.26 a day will probably tell you it’s not cause for celebration...

Read the article in its entirety over on Devex to learn how Heifer is helping farmers earn a dignfied and liveable income.

Above: Coffee farmer, Feliciana Martin, prepares to work on one of her beehives in Huehuetenango Department, Guatemala. Heifer International believes farm diversification and portfolio management is key to helping smallholder farmers earn dignified, livable incomes. 



Pierre Ferrari

Pierre Ferrari is president and CEO of Heifer International. Pierre is very passionate about empowering the families and communities with whom Heifer works: “It took me decades, but I have come to know that the only way to happiness and joy is to be of service to others.” Pierre’s other joys are his wife, Kim, his two sons and two stepdaughters. In his free time he enjoys golf, squash, reading and travel.