About Agriculture

Pathway to Prosperity

Catholic Relief Services helps millions of smallholder farmers worldwide recover from natural disasters and civil strife, build resilient farming systems, and grow them into agro-enterprises that engage successfully with markets. Our Pathway to Prosperity approach helps farmers build sustainable livelihoods through a phase-by-phase process. We currently have 116 agriculture projects in 38 countries. Please click the image below for details into the Pathway to Prosperity process. 

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Savings and Lending Groups

An integral part of our agricultural development programs is to help farmers organize into savings groups where they can pool their money and borrow from each other. This enables them to buy seeds, equipment and other assets they need to build successful businesses. To date, savings groups organized by CRS have saved $13 million through more than 80,000 groups in 46 countries, benefitting nearly five million beneficiaries worldwide.

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CRS has also implemented an agricultural development program that sends U.S. farmers to East Africa to help local farmers increase their productivity and agricultural marketing. As a new implementer of the 28-year-old “Farmer-to-Farmer” project funded by the U.S. Government, CRS will send farmers on 500 assignments over the course of five years. The project will benefit 350 host organizations and train over 19,000 people, more than half of whom will be women. CRS has been in East Africa since 1965 and sees women as a growth engine for agriculture in the region. As of June 2016, we have sent farmers on 280 assignments.

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