Many families in developing countries rely on small-scale subsistence farming for survival. Soil erosion, prolonged drought and rising prices for seeds and commercial fertilizers make it difficult to increase crop production or purchase a variety of foods to balance their diets, leading to high rates of malnutrition. Working with partners in Guatemala, Malawi, and Nicaragua, PWS&D is helping farmers increase crop yields, improve their nutrition and deal with the impacts of climate change.
Conservation agriculture is revolutionizing how small-scale farmers cultivate their land.
Through PWS&D’s food security programs, farmers are receiving seeds, tools and training in improved farming practices to increase their crop yields, as well as adapt to climate change. As water becomes increasingly scarce for many communities, farmers are learning how to protect and improve soil fertility, conserve water and incorporate natural, locally available resources to make compost. Demonstration plots show farmers how to use new farming practices and how to plant new seed and crop varieties. Village “Recipe Days” are an opportunity to strengthen the social fabric of communities by teaching participants how to incorporate the newly-introduced foods into traditional dishes, in order to enrich household diets.
Livestock help families earn an income
Livestock help families earn an income. PWS&D also provides farmers with animals like pigs, rabbits, chickens, goats and cows or access to small loans in order to purchase animals. Agriculture and livestock are not just part of food security—they contribute to poverty reduction. Farmers learn marketing skills so they can benefit economically from the sale of produce and livestock. Families then invest the income they earn to expand businesses, access health care, purchase nutritious food and send their children to school.
Your Gifts Make a Difference!
Through your generous support of PWS&D, famers are accessing agricultural training, small loans and livestock to improve their quality of life. Make a donation today!
PWS&D has information sheets available to learn more about agriculture and livestock programs.