Conservation Agriculture

Helping families in Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania learn to grow more food

Did you know most people who face hunger in the world are farmers—and that half of these farmers are women?

Despite their hard work, they experience hunger for several reasons:

  • Their farms are small—most work with two hectares of land or less.
  • They have to deal with harsh and erratic weather conditions.
  • They struggle with drought, government instability, depleted soil, and lack of market access.
  • They lack resources and training to improve their farms.

When families don’t have enough food, it means they may not be able to afford to send their children to school. They may not be able to afford medicine when they are sick. And if they have a bad farming year, it could force them into debt, or into selling their land, making it harder for them to eventually escape the cycle of poverty.

Scaling-Up Conservation Agriculture in East Africa: 2015-2020

With support from Global Affairs Canada, Foodgrains Bank members Mennonite Central Committee Canada, Tearfund Canada and World Renew worked with small-scale farmers in Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia to improve their farming techniques so they can produce better and more sustainable crops for their families.

Through this special program, farmers learned how to use conservation agriculture—a way of farming that emphasizes minimal soil disturbance, soil cover, and crop rotations and associations—to make sure their land is productive for years to come, and to better cope with drought and unpredictable weather.

Some highlights from the program:

60,000 farmers
were trained in conservation agriculture techniques.
farmers currently participate in savings and loans groups to increase access to credit.