20%Live in Rural Areas
13%Rely on Agriculture
1%Live Below the Poverty Line
Twenty-one percent of Mexico’s population live in rural areas. The World Bank reports that 55 percent of its land area is used for agricultural purposes and 13 percent of its total population rely on agriculture for their livelihoods.
Mexico rates 71 out of 187 countries according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index (2014). About 1 percent of its 122 million people live below the poverty line, on $1.25 a day, and about 3 percent of children under 5 are malnourished.
Our Work In Mexico
Heifer Mexico contributes to food sovereignty, or the rights of people to produce their own food. We provide gifts of animals, seeds, equipment and training that create long-lasting change among small-scale farmers and their communities.
In Mexico, these gifts are reducing farmers’ dependence on coffee production as a sole source of income. Our support enables farmers to increase their farming potential, earn greater profits, and improve their families’ diets with diverse, nutritious food.
Farmers learn how to establish small businesses and find buyers on the local, national and international markets. Our programs focus on products such as coffee, cacao, cardamom, corn, beans and livestock.
Full participation, Women’s self-help groups
Value chain access, Entrepreneurship, Crop diversification, Post-harvest processing, Ethno-veterinarian training
Passing on the Gift®, 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development, Farmers groups
Animal and crop management, Vegetable gardening
Programs and Projects
PROMESA:Economic Improvement and Food Security in Coffee, Cocoa, and Other Crop Commodities
GANASOL:Livestock and Sustainable Agriculture on Latin American Hillsides
SAN SECO:Food and Nutritional Security in the Central and South American Dry Corridor
PROCOSTA:Sustainable Management of Coastal and Mangrove Ecosystems