7.6 million

people served by agriculture and livelihood programming


agriculture and livelihood projects in 2020


countries hosted CRS agriculture projects

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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 124 agriculture projects in 51 countries. Please click the image below for details into the Pathway to Prosperity process. 

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CRS Agriculture and Livelihoods Theory of Change

CRS Agriculture and Livelihoods Theory of Change document

CRS' agricultural Theory of Change explains how and why a desired change is expected to happen through a project, and how the change is measured. CRS developed this Theory of Change to help teams design and implement projects that focus on a more consistent set of assumptions, and analyze progress using a defined set of metrics.


Reach of CRS Agriculture & Livelihoods Programs: Countries and Participants

Hover over a country for information on the number of direct participants and indirect participants (family members). For more detailed country information, visit Where We Work.

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For more detailed country information, visit Where We Work.


Building Resilience

CRS has a deep history of building resilience by helping individuals to address the challenges of recurrent shocks and chronic stresses. CRS’ Integral Human Development (IHD) Framework places people at the center of development, promoting a holistic approach to wellbeing that includes multiple human assets, as well as the ways in which people interact with the institutions and systems that impact their lives. Learn more.


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 almost $23 million through more than 131,000 groups in 48 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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US Department of Agriculture

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Through funding from the United States Department of Agriculture McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition and Food for Progress Programs, Catholic Relief Services leads effective education and agricultural development projects to build strong, resilient futures among the world’s most vulnerable people. Together, through school feeding, quality education, and improved livelihoods of smallholder farming families, USDA and CRS are committed to building opportunities and ending hunger among those we serve.


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