Food Security & Agriculture

Food Security & Agriculture

In remote rural areas in many parts of the world, smallholder farmers lack the choices or implementation capacity to consistently produce enough food to feed their families. They live in extreme poverty. The Vine Foundation’s Agriculture Program works with these farmers to confront the challenges of living in an episodic hunger community:

Farmers who live in isolated areas often lack formal training. Many farmers use inferior agricultural practices, such as planting by broadcasting [scattering] seed instead of using spacing techniques to maximize yield per acre, lack of proper weeding and lack of fertilizer use.

Rural farmers often use low-yielding saved seed instead of high-yielding hybrid seed and can seldom afford fertilizer for planting and top dressing.

Antiquated agricultural practices yielding low grain output reduce efficacy, leaving little time for other income-generating activities.

Farmers in isolated areas often do not have reliable access to markets where they can sell their surplus crops at a fair value.

 The Agriculture Program has two main goals:

Increase crop yields by providing a complete maize farming package – input loans, training, extension services, and organizational structure.

Translate surplus yields into increased income by providing access to reliable, fair markets via a network of aggregation centers and buying stations.

How does The Vine Foundation help farmers increase farm yield?

Farm input loans and grants equip farmers with quality hybrid maize seed and fertilizers to plant high-yielding varieties and replenish their nutrient-poor soil.

Technical Training on land preparation, planting, fertilization, weeding, harvesting, and crop conditioning helps farmers maximize yield and properly manage maize throughout the season; leadership training covers group work, how to model servant leadership and how to train local leaders.

Extension Services by our Agriculture Program staff enable close supervision and technical advice for farmers.

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