Agriculture and Farming

According to the World Bank, better agricultural practices can help reduce poverty, raise incomes and improve food security for some of the world’s poorest communities. 80% of the world's poor live in rural areas and work mainly in farming, with the preponderance being women. There could hardly be more at stake. Read about some of the many challenges and solutions here.


Climbing Toward Hope: How Graduation Programs Help People Rise from Extreme Poverty
Graduation programs such as those run by Village Enterprise help people lift themselves out of extreme poverty by providing a small up-front infusion of cash to address immediate needs followed by training to build long-term skills and business capabilities. The evidence of their effectiveness is strong.
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Building a Path from Extreme Poverty in Eastern Uganda: How I Moved from Starvation into a Changemaker
I was born to a violent, polygamous Dad who did not pay my tuition since childhood. My mum, who herself never went to school, resorted to distilling alcohol to pay my school fees. She supported me only up to secondary school in 1998. After that, she was not able to take me any further. I went to Uganda’s capital Kampala in 1999, and pursued several hard labor jobs as a street child for 2 years.
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We’re adding One Acre Fund to our list of best charities. Here’s why
We’re excited to announce the addition of One Acre Fund to our 2016 list of best charities. Subsistence agriculture accounts for the largest economic activity in the developing world, and a majority of the global poor rely on small-scale farming to support themselves and their families. This means that helping farmers succeed is one of the best ways to reduce global hunger and bring economic revenue to some of the world’s poorest communities. One Acre Fund empowers farmers to increase their crop harvests and farm profitability, and in the process, helps reduce hunger in remote regions in East Africa. By 2020, One Acre Fund projects that farmers in their program will help produce a food surplus great enough to feed an additional 5 million of their neighbors.
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