We work with farmers to improve productivity, diversify their businesses and increase incomes. With a living income they can provide quality food for themselves and their families.
As the global population has boomed, demand for food has put immense pressure on the land.
At Heifer International, we know the importance of animal-sourced foods for ending hunger and poverty. In areas of high malnutrition, they are the fastest way of getting vital nutrients to people who need them most.
We also know that healthy diets are balanced diets. Together with livestock, crops provide an important source of nutrition and income for farming families.
Working with farmers, we improve productivity and identify opportunities to add value to what they’re already producing or expand into new product areas to meet market demand.
We believe connections are critical in what we do – people connect to each other and to market systems – these are vital for improving our sustained growth model.
While subsistence provides goods and nutrition for the time being, an active marketplace creates incomes, savings, education, employment and opportunities for communities to retain their people, develop new skills and increase earning potential.
With a living income, people can be even more productive actors in growing their own local economy.