Improving incomes and food security

Growing more crops

Tackling drought

Generating income

 

Eagles helps people grow different crops, such as fruit trees, as well as sweet potatoes and cassava, which are more drought resistant than maize – their staple diet.

Villages set up community allotments where they learn to produce more seed. They share the seed with every family so that they can grow more food on their own land.

 

Encouraged by Eagles, farmers use treadle or motorised pumps to irrigate their fields. This helps them produce more crops and extend the growing season.

A group of families receive one pump which enables them to irrigate their land and extend their food yield by four months. They then save money from the additional crops to pay back the cost of the pump so other families get the same help.

 

Depending only on what you grow is risky so Eagles also helps people develop alternatives. They provide livestock that each family breeds so they can give back the same number they received to help another family. Village Savings and Loans groups enable women to borrow money to set up small scale businesses like selling vegetables.