We work in: Afghanistan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda

One in seven humans in the world is malnourished. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the current rate of progress will not be enough to eradicate hunger by 2050. Crop and livestock farming complement each other and generate income in most economies, especially in developing countries. Our goal is to improve food security, income, and nutrition by developing highly productive, environmentally sustainable farming livelihoods. Trained farmers with access to markets and finances can grow more, earn more, and feed their families.

OUR APPROACH

Agriculture
We develop value chains for smallholder farmers by combining capacity building and extension services, and link them to markets to sustain the results. Our extension service providers (community agriculture and livestock promoters) promote good agronomic practices and techniques that farmers can incorporate when managing their farms. They inform and assist other farmers on a variety of farming techniques and provide various services. Promoters profit from selling low-cost inputs to farmers. We organise producer groups of farmers and provide them with technical support to cultivate and use improved varieties of crops and invest in poultry and livestock. We arrange demonstration farms with farmers who lead the producer groups and provide training on modern cultivation techniques. We are continuously improving our varieties through research and development while supplying quality inputs through either our own sources – seed farm, feed mill and hatchery – or other private sectors. Our cooperation with government agencies and partners allows maximum, sustainable impact.

OUR IMPACT

AgricultureAfter three years of intervention –

In Tanzania, farmers have experienced increased productivity  – 71% increase in maize and 125% in poultry. There have been 150% increase in maize production per farmer and 121% increase in income for poultry rearers in the LEAD project.

In Liberia, there was USD 60 (USD 20 to USD 80) increase in the annual income of poultry farmers and USD 160 (USD 342 to USD 502) increase in the annual income of agriculture farmers.

In Liberia and Sierra Leone, there was 17% increase in the food consumption score of targeted households.

“Thanks to BRAC’s LEAD project, I have transformed my life by learning new techniques and technologies of the maize value that have earned me a greater income, respect and recognition”

Veronica P. Gotiis, winner of 2014 Best Regional Farmer of Manyara, Nanenane fair, Tanzania.

MOVING FORWARD

Our goal is to strengthen market systems by building sustainable, pro-poor value chains. We will improve agricultural production and agriculture-based nutrition through extension services on agronomic practices, and grow nutrient–dense vegetables and raise livestock rearing. We will also promote climate-smart agriculture. We intend to reach an additional 600,000 smallholder farmers over the next five years and support them to increase their income and improve household food security. Our focus is on women and the youth.

YOUR SUPPORT has empowered thousands of agriculture and livestock smallholder farmers and helped them gain economic footing. The food consumption of many communities have improved and the change is visible.