Heifer International is on a mission to end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way by supporting and investing alongside local farmers and their communities.
We work to end hunger and poverty in partnership with the communities we serve. Our programs support entrepreneurs around the world, creating lasting change from the ground up.
It begins with a seed investment of livestock or agriculture, followed by mentorship to help project participants build a business, and ultimately to gain access to supply chains and markets.
These families are able to earn a living income and continuously lift up their communities as they train the next generation of leaders.
By supporting and training the world's farmers, ranchers, and female business owners, we're investing in a new breed of success.
In 1944, Dan West began outlining a simple but groundbreaking plan to tackle hunger around the world. His philosophy still inspires Heifer’s work today. Partnering with farmers across a range of different livestock and crops, we create unique solutions to local challenges. Together, we build inclusive, resilient economies, so communities can develop effective ways to end global hunger and poverty in a sustainable way.
Heifer International is working to end world hunger in 19 countries across four continents. Heifer works in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, the United States of America and Zambia.
Heifer International has had a presence in Cambodia since 1999, working alongside women farmers to enhance their ability to raise more, sell more, and earn more from chicken, swine, and vegetable value chains. Our programs advance women leaders, reduce domestic violence, and give women more prominent voices building successful farming enterprises.
From training rural farmers in agroecology to building alliances with government and private entities, Heifer's work in Ecuador has spanned all levels of this biologically diverse country since 1954.
Heifer works with local farmers in protected areas to develop sustainable green businesses that allow local people to generate incomes and care for the forests.
Heifer provides Haitian farmers with livestock, seeds, animal management training, as well as finance and technical support to overcome adversity.
With Heifer's support, family farmers are diversifying their businesses and incomes through agroecology.
Heifer's programs create valuable opportunities for women to become Community Agro-Veterinarian Entrepreneurs who provide paid services within their communities.
We work in partnership with producer groups, financial institutions, county governments, processors, and input and service providers across the dairy, poultry and beef value chains.
Farmers are diversifying crop yields, incomes and diets with sustainable farming methods and are increasing resilience to climate change.
Since 1977, Heifer International has worked in Mexico, supporting local farmers through livestock projects and agricultural training that enables them to diversify their families’ diets and increase incomes.
With modern training and access to markets, Heifer Nepal helps farmers raise quality livestock, improving nutrition and increasing incomes.
Heifer encourages women to lead through attending farmer field schools to learn new cultivation techniques and technologies.
We support farmers to set up their own cooperatives, where they share knowledge, pool resources, as well as access financing to invest and grow their farms.
We equip farmers with the tools and expertise they need to increase productivity and close the living income gap.
Heifer's work in Tanzania involves strengthening access to local markets through business planning, marketing and establishing collection centers.
Heifer mobilizes farmers and works with partners to help them connect into cooperatives to share knowledge and access financial services.
Heifer USA provides training to farmers in cultivation techniques, and helps them organize cooperatives that share marketing, packaging, distribution, and credit and loan services.
Heifer works with partners in Zambia to build sustainable livelihoods through agriculture, enterprise development, gender equity, and livestock while mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS and climate change.
In Zimbabwe, Heifer is aiming to lift 200,000 families out of poverty by 2026. Heifer works to build social capital among farming families to boost their incomes and standard of living, and improve nutrition and health across Zibabwe.
Heifer International began work in Bangladesh in 2006, focusing on three main value chains: dairy, goat and beef. We work with women farmers in northern Bangladesh to improve sustainability and build their farming capacity through better animal care and cultivation techniques.
In one of India's poorest states, Heifer empowers women farmers to provide food for their families, improve the local environment and increase business opportunities for their communities.
For families living along Senegal’s northern coast, cooking can be an arduous process.
Women and children spend hours every day gathering firewood. Smoke from fires pollutes outdoor areas, irritating people’s eyes and lungs. To make matters worse, the demand for firewood is driving deforestation and soil erosion as trees are cut down for fuel.
The Blue Flames project worked with families to make their farms more sustainable by expanding access to renewable energy.
Through coordination and financial services, farmers are able to enter formal markets and meet bigger orders.
Dairy farmers in East Africa face many barriers to entering the formal economy.
The majority of Uganda and Tanzania’s populations are youth, who grow up in poverty.
Heifer works with farmer cooperatives to improve financial management and link them to distribution markets.
An efficient, productive poultry farm can change everything for farmers, their families, and their communities.
Through specialized production techniques, cooperatives and connections to local markets, Cambodian families earn living incomes.
Powering local dairy production in Lempira, located in western Honduras, which is the country's poorest department.
Heifer provides training and technical support for farmers to boost yields of quality, reliable products for high-value markets.
Supporting farming families in Nicaragua’s ‘Milky Way,’ to increase production and diversify their product offerings.
Restoring rural livelihoods by promoting sustainable food production
Sololá, Alta and Baja Verapaz, Guatemala
By identifying local market demand and providing support and training, Heifer International and partners are paving the way for women to earn living incomes.
In this partnership with the Walmart Foundation, Heifer empowers women farmers across Mexico through training, finance and providing connections to formal markets where they can sell their products.
Our community development model focuses on building social capital by increasing income and assets within farming families, improving their food security and nutrition, and protecting the environment - with women's empowerment and connected communities at the very center.
Take a look inside Heifer International — from meeting our experienced leadership and valued partners to virtually touring the offices where we work and reading our financial reports.
By working with small-scale farmers to achieve an income sufficient to enable a decent standard of living, we are moving entire communities along the path from hunger and poverty to greater resilience.