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We are a small organization with big ideas, and we need to get bigger to deliver on these ideas. We are looking for a big thinker to join our Board of Directors.
At least 75% of the world's poor are small farmers trying to make the transition for subsistence to commercial farming. Also, 2 of the 13 billion hectares of the earth's surface covered by land is eroded as a results of overgrazing, stripping the land of vegetation, and poor agricultural practice. Most of this land is in the developing countries, and most of it is the marginal land that poor farmers farm.
These farmers need assistance in conserving land as well as increasing income, but agricultural extension reaches at best 15% of small farmers at any given time and environmental extension is nearly negligible.
SID works in Guatemala and Perú the countries in Central and South America with the greatest number of rural poor. However, we are expanding our programs to Africa, and we are looking for new Board Members with extensive experience in Africa to help us develop new programs in Africa.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
330 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Suite 304, Washington, DC 20003, US
SID designs, proves, and promotes better methods for helping farmers make the transition from subsistence to successful commercial farming. Our innovations increase results and reduce costs. Most poor farmers work marginal land and we help them conserve their land as well as increase their income. We have additional activities for women that ensure they participate equally in the technical assistance and benefits of our projects. We help farmers adopt business as well as better farming practices. They make better business decisions and these practices drive more rapid adoption of the farming practices. We use "learn-by-doing" to help farmers adopt all the practices. We measure results in terms of increases in farmers’ income, and cost-effectiveness as the ratio of these increases to project cost. We work in Guatemala and Peru, the countries in Central and South America with the greatest number of rural poor, and we are now expanding our programs to Africa.
In 1996, we began our work in the Altiplano of Bolivia, helping dairy farmers reclaim land and increase productivity and income. We then helped quinoa farmers do the same.
In 2000, we began helping NGOs in the Sierra Sur of Perú achieve environmental and agricultural goals in the same project. We currently help dairy farmers near Lake Titicaca increase their cows’ productivity and reclaim land. We also provide loans to dairy farmers and cattle fatteners.
In 2006, we began our work in the Chimaltenango region of Guatemala, helping farmers increase their income from coffee. In 2015, we began working with 836 coffee-farming families in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala's poorest department. And in 2018, we began a bold new regional approach in this same department that gives over 18,000 coffee-farming families a chance to graduate from poverty.
Our policy is to achieve increases in income during the life of our projects that are 5 times project costs. The ratios of increases in income to project costs have been from 4.1 to 8.68.
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330 Pennsylvania Ave. SESuite 304Washington, DC 20003
February 25, 2020