The beginning of a world without poverty and hunger is the rural world. An estimated 3.4 billion people, about 45% of the world's population, live in rural areas of developing countries.
Most depend on small family farms for their livelihoods and incomes. Rural people grow the food that sustains their nations, but they are also disproportionately poor: 80% of women, children and men living in extreme poverty live in rural areas, not cities.
This is why we at the Foundation believe that investing in rural people is a long-term solution to many of the problems we face today.
In sub-Saharan Africa, investment in agriculture is up to 11 times more effective reducing extreme poverty than investment in any other sector.
Why is it?
Successful small farms employ unskilled workers. Small family farms generate income that is spent in rural communities and stimulate rural economies, which in turn contributes to peace and security.
That is why we have developed large agricultural projects such as the Payma project in Niger or family farm projects in Tanzania, orchards and in order to have a better education at the agricultural level, we have started a training school in agriculture in Kenia so that the youngest children learn from childhood how to give yield to their land.
As the soil characteristics are not the same in the areas where we operate, we have invested in wells, irrigation systems, greenhouses and solar panels to optimize wells and natural resources.