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Our Mission

Strategies for International Development (SID) is a U.S. nonprofit that develops and promotes better methods for helping poor farmers reclaim eroded land, increase income, and graduate from poverty.  2 of the 13 billion hectares of the Earth's surface covered by land are eroded as result of overgrazing, deforestation, and poor agricultural practices.  Most of this land is in developing countries, where poor farmers represent 75% of world poverty.  In addition, agricultural projects at best reach 20% of the population with substantive technical assistance, and environmental projects far fewer.  SID helps farmers reclaim eroded land and increase productivity and income in the same project.  We also help farmers meet and negotiate with buyers, assess alternatives, make business plans as well as land-use plans and make better decisions on conserving land and increasing income.  We address the problems of insufficient resources and going to scale by beginning at scale.  SID works in Guatemala, Perú, and Bolivia, the three countries in Central and South America with the greatest number of rural poor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Mission

Strategies for International Development (SID) is a U.S. nonprofit that develops and promotes better methods for helping poor farmers reclaim eroded land, increase income, and graduate from poverty.  2 of the 13 billion hectares of the Earth's surface covered by land are eroded as result of overgrazing, deforestation, and poor agricultural practices.  Most of this land is in the developing countries, where poor farmers represent 75% of world poverty.  SID works in Guatemala, Perú, and Bolivia, the three countries of Central and South America with the greatest number of rural poor. 

 

Our Work 

In each country we work in the region of greatest rural poverty and help farmers increase their income from the crop or product that offers the best opportunity for making the transition from subsistence to successful commercial farming -- coffee in the Highlands of Guatemala, milk and alpaca wool in the Sierra Sur of Perú, and quinoa in the Northern Altiplano of Bolivia.

Each year we help farmers adopt basic business practices, and each year they increase their mastery of these practices and add more sophisticated ones. At the beginning of each dry, rainy, or harvest season, we help farmers select the practices they will adopt during the season. We then provide assistance in adopting these practices throughout the season. At the end of the season, the farmers evaluate their results. We use skilled farmers as well as agronomists, and women as well as men, to provide the technical assistance. We use "learn-by-doing" to provide the technical assistance, and farmers learn the practices that increase productivity, quality, and processing on by performing them on farm plots they select. Equal participation of women is a condition of all our projects.

 

 

How to Help

Learn More:
SID's Project Funds
Guatemalan Coffee Producers Fund
Bolivian Quinoa Producers Fund

 
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