Our activities are based on five guiding principles that are the yardstick for measuring our success.
Eco-friendly, sustainable aid
To ensure future generations can continue to make a living from farming, we promote sustainable methods that conserve resources. We practice a form of agriculture that is both economically and ecologically responsible. Our holistic approach emphasizes safeguarding soil integrity, for far-sighted cultivation, with crop rotation, a sophisticated fertilization strategy, and sustainable harvesting methods. For the people working the fields, this means greater investment of time, labor and money. Every day, they experience for themselves that this requires effort. The benefit only becomes visible after many years of continuous dedication. But it is then sustainable.
Training and Capacity Development
Only when participants understand why they should do something will they be able to make their farming profitable and ensure it is a lasting source of income for them and their families. By transferring both practical and theoretical knowledge, we enable them to assume responsibility and to respond appropriately to possible challenges in the future.
Often marginalized within society, women are a key, perhaps the key worker, within their families. We place great emphasis on high participation rates for women in our projects in order to give them an equitable opportunity to generate an independent income through their work, and to strengthen their role in their family and community.
What farmers earn should not be entirely and immediately used up. Some of the money should be put aside for future needs. This means foregoing at least some of the profit made. For people who have spent their entire lives going without, this is a challenge. But people need to take personal responsibility for their project and to build up savings. This makes it possible to fund maintenance and repairs, and in the longer term to replace equipment and other assets, and to make new investments. After all, it is their project.
We come, and once things are going smoothly, we go again. It is not enough to turn farming into a profitable source of income. It is crucial that the local people continue to independently implement the projects after we have left, and ensure the increased yields are maintained in the long term. For this reason, we plan for our exit from the moment we make our entry, and design the projects to be self-sufficient after just a few short years. At which point we are no longer needed, and can take our leave.