We focus on women because we know they reinvest income into improving the lives of their families. So, when we support them, they support all.
We focus on both organizational and farmer results to maximize economic opportunity and poverty alleviation for our female smallholders.
Farmers on the path toescaping extreme poverty and building wealth
Increase in farmerhousehold income after one year of participation
Increase in farmer yieldsafter their first year in The Harvest Fund program
Households achieving food security and zero hunger within a single season
We embrace a systems change model that leverages regenerative agriculture and public-private partnerships.
We train marginalized yet high-potential Zambian women's cooperatives how to farm climate-smart.
Each cooperative is carefully screened through a set of behavioral and competitive criteria. Once chosen, they enter into our program as a cohort. After receiving agricultural training for a year, we link them to agricultural technologies, specifically chosen to improve their agricultural productivity and household income.
We build a long-term, sustainable support system in partnership with the local private sector and Ministry of Agriculture, providing resource access for the foreseeable future.
We select marginalized yet high-potential farming cooperatives through an innovative set of behavioral and psychometric criteria.
Chikoka Women's Club
Chikoka Women's Club entered The Harvest Fund's program in October 2019 as our pilot cohort. We chose them to participate as our first cohort because of their creativity, intelligence, teamwork and resilience despite living marginally on $1 a day. They were chosen out of 15 cooperatives in the Kafue District of Zambia.
Kafue Estates Cooperative
Our second cohort in Zambia's Kafue District was chosen because of their strong management system and self-awareness. Armed with a strong idea of their strengths and weaknesses, they know what they need to do to progress together as a team. Their dedicated executive team oversees this large cooperative that works together to ensure that all members have an opportunity to succeed.
Joining The Harvest Fund's program in 2020, the Chibote Cooperative was the first cohort to be chosen in the Chilanga District of Zambia. Though a young, humble group, this group displayed initiative and creativity in designing and launching their own projects, such as a tomato farm. Leveraging empathy and teamwork, they identify which members need the most support while more privileged members step up and offer resources.
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The Harvest Fund is a Zambian NGO and private company limited by guarantee.
The Harvest Fund is a US IRS 501(c)(3) registered organization.