iDE Canada creates income and livelihood opportunities in developing countries around the world. We invest in local entrepreneurship, building businesses with a focus on agriculture and sanitation. With access to the right products, services and advice, farmers can transform their small farms into small businesses. With access to research and development, sanitation business owners can produce the life-saving products their customers want.
You're invited to celebrate Her Time to Grow at this year's iDE Canada Gala! Enjoy appetizers, wine and desserts while you mix, mingle and take in the Her Time to Grow country displays. An at-home gala option will also be available.Click for gala details
The Government of Canada is partnering with iDE Canada to launch an innovative new initiative that will help women in three African countries grow their own agriculture businesses. The program is called Her Time to Grow.Learn More
iDE’s founder, Paul Polak, practiced and preached the importance of starting with people. With your support, local iDE teams use Human Centered Design to engage deeply with the people and communities we serve.Our Initiatives
BELETU BACHA IS A ROLE MODEL – not just for her children, but also for other women in her community in rural Ethiopia. As a single mother, she struggled in past growing seasons to generate enough income to sustain her family for the year, and could not afford school fees for her children.
After joining a Women’s Economic Group, Beletu received training and gained access to improved inputs and technologies. With a small opportunity, entrepreneurs like Beletu are able to transform not only their own fortunes, but also create new opportunities for others in their communities.
iDE’s founder, Paul Polak, practiced and preached the importance of starting with people. With your support, local iDE teams use Human Centered Design to engage deeply with the people and communities we serve.
| The Paul Polak Innovation Fund
Small-scale farmers grow 80% of the food available in rural areas but often live in poverty. Your support helps farmers increase their incomes by ensuring they have access to markets, high-quality seed and affordable irrigation.
| Agriculture resilience and dignity
| Dealing with new pests
Diarrhea kills over half a million under-5 children every year – more than malaria, tuberculosis and HIV combined. Diarrhea deprives many millions of children of the nutrients they need to reach their full physical and mental potential.
| Selling toilets to poor household
Flora Mostiço is an entrepreneur selling seeds, tools and other agricultural supplies in Mozambique. She started her business several years ago with just $3 that she used to buy two crates of tomatoes for resale in the local market. With some training from iDE, she built her business and became a farm business advisor – …
The Canadian Council for International Cooperation presented their 2020 Innovation and Impact Award to iDE Canada at a reception on Parliament Hill. The award specifically recognized the Sama Sama* project, which is tackling diarrheal disease, one of the top killers of children in Ghana and around the world. CEO Stu Taylor thanked Canadian donors for …
To mark the 30th anniversary of the International Development Week, The Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) and World University Service Canada (WUSC) launched …
A social enterprise, Sama Sama Ghana, has inaugurated seven free handwashing stations in Tamale and Savelugu, both in the Northern Region, to help encourage regular handwashing and good …
From donkey carts and treadle pumps to solar pumps and smartphone applications, iDE has made it their mission to power a revolution for farmers in some of the world’s most challenging markets. I have seen the incredible impact of new solutions designed with and for small farmers.
“This change inspired me to share the knowledge and experience I got with other farmers in my community and I will help them to start cultivating improved varieties and vegetables with irrigation during the dry season.”
Simon Tuuteug’s joy is contagious. His profits this past year have soared and his small farm in Ghana is supporting his family in ways it never has before. He says, “I am very happy to work with iDE – they showed me new ways to farm and now I am seeing the good results.”
“My grandfather started donating to iDE in the early 80s when the organization was just finding its way. We continue to support the organizations that were important to him and we understand why he is so passionate about iDE and the difference it makes.”
Getting involved with iDE in the Sama Sama program in Ghana has been both exciting and satisfying for us. It really feels good to make a difference in the world by helping bring positive changes to families in rural Ghana!