In many regions across the world, agriculture is the most prevalent form of livelihood. However, lack of proper infrastructure, natural disasters, disease outbreaks and ongoing conflict often plague agricultural advancement in developing countries. This causes productivity to suffer and the cycle of poverty to continue.
WHI’s agricultural programs work with vulnerable farmers, many of whom are women, by training them in improved practical agricultural methods, helping them access quality agricultural inputs and technology, and linking them to viable markets. Such efforts help farmers grow more food for themselves or to sell. In doing so, farmers are able to prevent hunger, preserve land for future use, and obtain long lasting food security.
To learn more about WHI’s current agriculture efforts, read the 2016 Agriculture Annual Report.
By gathering the organizations, people, technology, activities, information and resources necessary to move a product or service from the world’s most impoverished communities to eager customers, World Hope International is helping to transform entire countries by creating supply chain opportunities for improved livelihoods.
In partnership with Pennsylvania State University’s Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship Program (PSU-HESE), World Hope International’s Greenhouses Revolutionizing Output (GRO) project improves water sustainability to ultimately boost food security and help alleviate poverty. While conventional small-scale greenhouses are expensive, high-maintenance and difficult to construct, The GRO project’s Affordable Greenhouses are portable, expandable, cost less than $800 per unit and can be constructed in two days. Using WHI’s existing network in Sierra Leone, Mozambique and Zambia smallholder farmers learn how to intensify their farms and grow vegetables year-round. Learn more.
Cattle Development Program
World Hope International’s Cattle Development Program creates a way for the rural poor to build assets in the form of cattle. The cattle, which can be used for plowing, milk, food security, or income, are helping farming families escape the cycle of poverty in Mozambique. Cattle are distributed amongst families, and owners are educated on animal husbandry. Once the cattle give birth, a certain number of offspring are passed on to another family in the community, creating a sustainable cycle. Learn more.
Mushroom Cultivation Program
One of our newest programs in Cambodia is our mushroom cultivation. Mushrooms are grown on agricultural waste from one annual planting of rice followed by an annual planting of mung beans. The mung beans are both a cash crop and soil enhancer. The dried mung bean stalks and empty pods are added to the rice straw to create the mushroom growing medium. After three growing cycles of mushrooms, the medium is decomposed and returned to the rice field as compost. Farmers average about 2.5 acres of rice paddy, which is enough to provide sufficient waste for one mushroom house year around. Several crops of mushrooms can be grown in a single year, and the mushrooms are sold at the local markets. Throughout 2016, WHI worked with farmers in Cambodia to grow mushrooms for sale in local markets and thus we saw the rapid expansion of 23 Mushroom Houses. This growth in mushroom cultivation is partly due to market linkages being developed by WHI. Fair and consistent demand and pricing are encouraging smallholder investment in the mushroom houses. Twenty-five farmers are now invested in Mushroom Houses, which have an average return on investment of three and a half months. Learn more.