After joining a community-based savings group, noodle vendor Korm Koemsang was able to secure a loan—three times—to expand her small business. Community-run savings groups can provide a steady and reliable source of capital, which encourages the development of small businesses and boosts food security.
After civil war, Liberia's education sector collapsed. But now, thanks to Feed the Future, women farmers in Liberia are being trained in literacy, agriculture and business skills. Through specific trainings on food security, agriculture, and business skills, the farmers are able to improve their farming practices and earn better incomes for themselves and their families.
Partnering with a local NGO, development expert Muketoi Wamunyima started a coalition to improve food security and nutrition in Zambia. With Feed the Future support, the coalition has nearly tripled its membership and increased its influence in policy discussions and processes, becoming an active, persuasive advocate and influential voice of the people.
Peace Corps and Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers are learning from each other and combining their talents as they work together to help Tanzanian communities prevent post-harvest loss. Smallholder farmers are saving more of their crops and increasing their nutrition and incomes as a result.
Smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe are learning how to make supplementary feed out of locally available ingredients—such as molasses and crop residue—that are inexpensive or free. These inventive feed formulas safeguard livestock against nutrient deficiency and starvation, ensuring that livestock can make it through the dry season.
Mosammat Lima Begum is an accomplished agro-preneur. After receiving training on how to use an axial flow pump, she began an irrigation business in her village, providing water to farmers whose crops often suffer due to low rainfall. Begum's success has inspired others to purchase the pump and provide irrigation services of their own.
Putting her food science studies to good use, a master’s student in Ghana has opened a successful food company that produces a more nutritious, better-packaged version of the local hibiscus drink. As a result, she has been able to pay back student loans, create local jobs and mentor other young entrepreneurs.