70% of the entrepreneurs we work with are farmers. We’re championing a new kind of farming, one which is kind to the planet, helps women farmers fight back against degraded soil and drought caused by climate change, and lifts them and their families out of poverty – while at the same time improving the soil for the next generation.
Fighting poverty and climate change
Intensive farming and synthetic fertiliser use is having a devastating impact on soil health. Poor quality soil leads to bad harvests, trapping farmers and their families in poverty. As well as this, unprecedented droughts mean farmers are fighting for their very survival.
Regenerative agricultural techniques improve the soil, preserve what water there is, trap harmful carbon emissions and boost farmers’ incomes in the longer term.
An agricultural revolution
Hand in Hand’s projects train farming entrepreneurs, 80% of whom are women, on a range of farming techniques. These techniques include:
- Planting a range of trees, perennial plants and crops to ensure vegetation stays in the ground year-round, pulling CO2 from the air and storing it as carbon in the soil
- Reducing reliance on expensive synthetic fertilisers by creating natural alternatives such as composting and well managed grazing
- Minimum tillage
- Natural irrigation through well managed waterways and wetlands
“Our vision is of an agricultural system which benefits the planet instead of harming it, lifts farmers out of poverty and revitalises rural economies.”
Boosting yields and incomes
By adopting regenerative agriculture and circular economy practices and techniques, farmers can ensure their farms remain profitable long term, even with low rainfall and poor quality soil to contend with.
That’s because improved soils lead to increased yields, and, by using circular economy techniques (such as making feeds and fertilizers from parts of the crop that cannot be used) farmers can reduce their costs and their dependence on expensive commercial products.
What’s more, year-round crop coverage gives farmers more opportunities to sell their produce, at the same time as trapping carbon, enriching the soil and improving plant, animal and insect biodiversity.
How we’re different
- A women-first approach: We give women farmers the training and support they need to succeed as agri-entrepreneurs, as well as supporting them to them to access credit and find new markets for their produce.
- Community-led design: We put women and their communities at the heart of farm and landscape design, supporting them to manage communal waterways, forests, wetlands and grazing areas.
- A platform for knowledge sharing and advocacy: We give farmers the tools to share their knowledge, and make the business case for regenerative agriculture to local decision makers.
Regenerative agriculture can change the lives of millions of women farmers and their families, lift whole communities out of poverty and create a sustainable alternative to intensive farming.
To achieve our goals, we partner with local and national NGOs, foundations, governments, companies and private donors. Find out more about partnering with us here.
Our impact at a glance
Amount per dollar earned that men spend on their families and communities
Amount per dollar earned that women spend on their families and communities
Average female labour participation rate in Hand in Hand countries
Female participation rate in Hand in Hand Self-Help Groups
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