Transformation Begins at the Foundation
Heifer International works with communities to strengthen local economies. Our values-based, holistic and community development approach focuses on:
Improved Global Sustainable Livelihoods
We know that no single organization and no number of isolated projects can address the systemic causes of poverty and hunger. Our approach involves enhancing the capacity of vulnerable small-scale farmers, especially women, to secure their livelihoods. Multiplied by strong social capital and women’s empowerment, our work results in a sustainable solution to world hunger and poverty.
Our Programmatic Approach
The key processes of a program are designed to help communities become the drivers of their own change.
Each program is geared toward achieving sustainable impact. By creating long-term plans and making a commitment to persistent effort, we are able to address the underlying structural causes of poverty and hunger.
The core of our model is our values-based approach coupled with the strategy of Passing on the Gift. Through innovation, we enhance our capacity to apply state-of-the-art tools, methods and technologies to design and implement our programs and projects around the world.
For each program, we coordinate with strategic partners, private and public entities, local governments and research institutions. By working together, we are able to move more families out of hunger and poverty more quickly.
Strategic application of resources is critical to the long-term success of our programs. We account for the financial, environmental and social costs of each project so that we, along with our partners, can use those resources wisely and to maximum effect.
All our programs have a focus on values-based training so that poor, vulnerable producers become the key drivers of change in their neighborhoods. In turn, communities and entire regions become resilient and self-sufficient.