Transform Smallholder Farming

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.



A Growing Business

Even though iDE leaves me, I will stand on my own because I have seen the benefits.

Getrude Nalishebo is growing her own business by helping local farmers to grow a more hopeful future for themselves and their families. 

As a Farm Business Advisor (FBA) in southern Zambia, she provides an essential link between  farmers in remote areas and suppliers in commercial centers. To date, iDE has been able to train over 400 FBAs like Getrude, serving more than 110,000 farmers across five provinces in Zambia. For the first time, these farmers have access to sound advice on maximizing yields, controlling pests and finding better markets for their produce.

Women posing for camera in a shop

40 years ago, iDE started working with local businesses in Bangladesh, India and Nepal to build, market and sell over 2.5 million affordable foot-powered irrigation pumps. Today, your support enables agricultural entrepreneurs to provide a range of services that are transforming smallholder farming:

affordable tools and technology like drip irrigation and solar pumps 

farm business advisors – local agents who provide products and services bundled with technical and market advice 

• better access to appropriate finance and high-value markets for what farmers can grow on their small plots of land. 

Your partnership with agricultural entrepreneurs generates a big return on investment: $10 of additional farmer income for every dollar donated.

Join us as we embark on an ambitious, three-country initiative to create new opportunities for African women to prosper in agriculture – as producers, processors, and marketers.

Her Time to Grow will create opportunities for at least 25,000 women across Ethiopia, Ghana and Zambia over the next four years. This includes innovations that improve women’s access to finance, information and technology.

Global Affairs Canada is contributing $7.8M to the project and we need to raise a match of $780k, meaning that every dollar you donate will be matched 10:1 by the Canadian Government, as we work together to improve women’s economic and social wellbeing.

By powering our entrepreneur partners, we expect this project to generate at least $30M in new income for women in agriculture. That means each dollar you donate becomes nearly $40 in additional income for those who need it most.


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