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Agricultural Development

Changing the lives of rural farmers

Agriculture is a way of life for many rural communities with much of the world’s food originating from small farms in under-resourced areas of the developing world. Unfortunately, in many of these locations, small-scale farmers face substantial obstacles that hinder them from earning an adequate profit on their goods and labor. 

ILAD’s approach to agricultural development is based on identifying the assets and resources available in the local community. Because we believe in sustainable, replicable projects that are available to even the poorest farmer, ILAD merely provides a catalyst for the community level change that the farmers themselves produce.

Through a combination of agricultural education, savings and loan services, and an entrance into the marketplace, subsistence farmers are able to earn enough to feed their families, purchase medicine when needed, and provide for their children’s education.

The Problem

The Solution

  • Lack of information regarding best farming practices, techniques, and environmental safety
  • Exclusion from fair markets
  • Limited financial resources to acquire land and implement new techniques
  • Small-scale farmers lack the critical mass and economic power to effectively shape the marketplace
  • Equipping farmers with skills, practices, and tools necessary to grow crops using responsible and environmentally safe methods

  • Working in partnership to provide access to markets through the creation of local distribution channels

  • Improving the fairness of markets

  • Offering financial services, including savings and loans

How ILAD works to improve access & increase opportunities

Research local conditions to identify FAVORABLE CROPS

Provide training in TECHNIQUES and BEST PRACTICES

Identify and stimulate MARKET OPPORTUNITIES

Innovate and refine PRODUCTION


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Develop LOCAL LEADERS who drive the community forward

Long-term community CHANGE