SID provides the assistance farmers need to transition from subsistence to successful commercial farming. We have developed a scalable and replicable model that allows us to provide this assistance to all farmers in a region so they can graduate from poverty.
We collaborate with farmers, local leaders and actors to help create sustainable prosperous rural communities in developing countries, where farmers do not need to migrate to cities or other countries in search of employment and a better life.
We use and promote a variety of innovative methods to help farmers adopt business as well as better farming practices while also reducing project costs. In addition, equal participation of women is a condition of all of our projects. Lastly, we measure results in terms of increases in farmers’ income and cost-effectiveness as the ratio of the increases in farmer income to project cost.
SID’s new innovative regional model partners with municipal leaders and actors and gives all farmers in a region the chance to graduate from poverty. All farmers learn and are encouraged to adopt the practices that increase productivity, price, and income and conserve farmland. In addition, “Leader Communities”, those that select promoters and pay a small fee to them, receive twice-monthly technical assistance in adopting the practices.
SID has a proven track record of successfully helping poor farmers build the businesses that increase their incomes and give them sustainable jobs. SID uses and promotes seven innovations that increase project results and reduce project costs. SID’s projects are cost effective. All of our projects in Guatemala, Bolivia, and Peru have been successful in helping farmers increase their income at least four times that of project costs.
SID is ideally positioned to carry out the proof of concept of its new Regional Model, which began in 2018. Municipal officials in San Cristóbal, Cobán, and Carchá have signed agreements of support and are helping to carry out the project. Once proven, SID will begin to scale and replicate the model in other regions with other crops.
SID measures results in terms of increases in farmers’ income, and cost-effectiveness as the ratio of increases in farmer income to project cost.
SID measures the following indicators:
• Average increases in farmer income
• Number of hectares of land conserved
• Average increases in productivity and price
• Adoption of the practices that conserve land and increase productivity and price.
• Equal participation of women in the technical assistance and benefits of the project
Our expectation is that farmers apply land conservation practices on at least two-thirds of their land and that increases in farmer income during the life of the project are at least five times project costs. We have been successful in meeting the target for land conservation and the ratios of increases in income to cost have ranged from 4.1 to 8.68.
In Peru, we have helped 150 dairy-farming families increase milk production from 4 to 7 liters of milk per cow per day and increase their income by 38%. In our municipal coffee project in Guatemala, families have increased average income from $166 to $666.
In September 2018, SID began the proof of concept stage of the Regional Model in the Municipalities of San Cristóbal, Cobán, and Carchá in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala which will help thousands of farmers graduate from poverty.