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iDE Initiatives

Ethiopia, Ghana and Cambodia | Innovation for Rural Prosperity

The challenge

Improving the productivity of small farms is key to feeding a growing, hungry planet as these farms generate 80% of the food consumed by rural communities around the world. By improving crop productivity through technology, training and access to financing, we can increase farmers’ incomes and improve food security for families and communities.

The solution

With a focus on dry-season irrigated vegetable farming, our Innovation for Rural Prosperity project improved income and food security for 21,000 small-scale farmers in Ghana, Ethiopia and Cambodia. The average income increase was targeted at $250 per family per year, a significant increase that farmers will continue to generate long after the project is complete.

iDE focused on marketing farmers’ harvests. As individual sellers, farmers did not produce enough product to attract traders who buy in bulk. As a solution to this, iDE created collection centres, locations where farmers could bring their produce together to attract buyers and negotiate better prices.

start date | August 2012
end date | August 2017

scale (total number of individuals benefitting from increased household income)
goal | 105,000
scale to date | 107, 280

impact (average annual household income increase)
goal | $250
achieved | $675

Farming cooperatives for women provide income and opportunities

Traditionally, women in Ethiopia have had limited access to financial resources and land. There are also social restrictions that prevent them from working far from their homes. In 2016, through Innovation for Rural Prosperity farming cooperatives for women, 700 female farmers have been trained in new farming techniques and have the opportunity to purchase land. Women’s participation helps supplement household incomes and ensures healthier diets for their families as new varieties of produce are consumed at home and sold for profit.

goal | 7,770
achieved | 11,408

The Government of Canada provided funding for this project. Additional funding was provided by the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation and individual donors.