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Our Mission

Strategies for International Development (SID) is a U.S. nonprofit that develops and promotes better methods for eradicating rural poverty. 75% of world poverty is rural poverty, and the great majority of the rural poor are small farmers who are making the transition from subsistence to commercial farming.  We help farmers meet and negotiate with buyers, assess their alternatives for increasing income, and use business plans to make better business decisions. Then, we help them adopt the farming practices that increase their productivity, product quality, value-added processing, and income in accordance with the opportunities of their market.  We also organize best practices workshops with other NGOs in each region where we work in order to share lessons learned, agree on best practices, and improve the coverage and impact of all our projects.  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 eradicating rural poverty.  75% of world poverty is rural poverty, and the great majority of the rural poor are small farmers who are making the transition from subsistence to commercial farming.  We help farmers meet and negotiate with buyers, make business plans, and increase productivity and product quality in response to the opportunities of their market.

 

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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