Africa

Ethiopia

Ethiopia is one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, with a 33 per cent reduction in poverty since 2000, according to the World Bank. Smallholder farmers account for the largest group of poor people in Ethiopia, with many families still struggling to access basic infrastructure such as water and sanitation. Because these farmers rely on the land to earn a living, they are extremely vulnerable to extreme weather events, such as drought.

We help smallholder farmers, especially women, to improve their nutrition and income through:

  • growing climate- and disease-resistant potatoes

  • building long-term potato storage facilities

  • accessing up-to-date market information

  • learning book-keeping and business skills.

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Malawi

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, with half its population below the poverty line, and a quarter trapped in extreme poverty. 85 per cent of people live in rural areas, and struggle to access water, sanitation and health care. Like other African nations, Malawi is extremely vulnerable to drought, which can devastate farmers’ livelihoods.

Working with ourĀ local partners, we help families to improve their income and nutrition by:

  • growing climate- and disease-resistant potatoes

  • establishing ‘victory’ gardens that produce vegetables for household consumption and sale

  • learning book-keeping and business skills.

We also help vulnerable villages to access clean water, reducing the incidence of water-borne and diarrhoeal disease. We help to:

  • install new water points

  • upgrade old and damaged water points

  • train local water point committees (mostly women) in how to maintain their water system

  • conduct hygiene and sanitation training

  • install chlorine dispensers to maintain water quality

  • test and monitor water quality to ensure it is of drinking standard.

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Mozambique

Almost 50 per cent of the population lives in poverty in Mozambique, where the benefits of economic growth have not been shared equally. Just four per cent of households in rural areas have access to sanitation. Smallholder farmers have difficulty growing produce in a changing climate, and accessing or competing in the marketplace.

We help smallholder farmers to:

  • grow climate- and disease-resistant potatoes

  • learn business and accounting skills

  • lobby governments for greater support

  • develop an online platform to market their products.

Tanzania

Poverty is slowly declining in Tanzania, especially in urban areas, but over 13 million people still live on less than $2 per day. In rural areas, many households struggle to grow enough food, leading to high rates of stunting in children. Reliance on agriculture leaves many families vulnerable to climate shocks such as drought, which can lead to hunger, malnutrition and disease.

In Tanzania, we work with rural communities to:

  • provide training on energy and agriculture technology

  • conduct research and training in pasture and water management

  • create sustainable pastoral livelihoods

  • establish health clinics and offer free treatment for those who can’t afford to pay.

Zimbabwe

According to the United Nations, 76 per cent of rural households live in poverty. Low employment, reliance on rain-fed agriculture, and lack of access to water are major contributors to the high rates of poverty and food insecurity. We work with rural communities to alleviate hunger and malnutrition by:

  • improving access to agriculture technologies

  • improving knowledge-sharing and resource management in communities

  • training farmers in growing potatoes and ground nuts, and raising livestock

  • establishing value chains

  • building dams.

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