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.
- 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
Identify and stimulate MARKET OPPORTUNITIES
Innovate and refine PRODUCTION
Teach responsible FINANCIAL PRACTICES
Develop LOCAL LEADERS who drive the community forward
Long-term community CHANGE