Food Security and Nutrition
We build food security by working with small-scale farmers to increase availability, utilization, and accessibility of food. We accomplish this by deploying livestock, seeds and trainings in sustainable crop production and animal management practices, and by working with communities to increase diversity and intake of foods for improved nutrition.
Improving Maternal and Infant Health
Recognizing the importance of optimal nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life, we seek to protect and promote adequate dietary intake of pregnant women, lactating mothers and children below two years of age. To address the multiple causes of malnutrition, we leverage our food production programs for critical interventions that promote women’s empowerment, access to clean and safe water, adequate hygiene and sanitation and increased utilization of public health services.
Increasing Dietary Diversity and Income
We help families increase their production and consumption of diversified diets, along with increased incomes, by providing seeds, livestock and trainings to establish integrated livestock and crop agriculture and combining this with education for better dietary intake and linking families to markets.
We promote nutrition education and raise awareness about the importance of nutrition through our 12 Cornerstones trainings.
Agriculture Value Chain Developments
We promote value chain enhancement for various agricultural commodities to improve market access by small-scale farmers.
Gender Equity and Women's Empowerment
We establish and build the capacity of women’s groups, farmers’ associations and cooperatives. Together with Heifer’s hub model, these strengthen social support networks and cooperation that enables farmers to bulk commodities and earn better prices.
Enabling Environments for Better Nutrition
We promote community mobilization by facilitating formation of self-help groups and commodity cooperatives and provide trainings to build stronger enabling environments for various social development outcomes, including nutrition. We also support evidence generation through research, impact evaluations and testing innovative approaches on nutrition sensitive agriculture.