What we do
Our proven approach brings smallholder farmers together to learn new skills and share knowledge so they can improve their livelihoods and thrive.
Farmers working alongside Ripple Effect learn more, grow more and sell more. They can feed their families nutritious food, and by having a surplus to sell can invest in their farms, send their children to school and build sustainable agri-businesses.
We have already worked with 2.5 million people, and our target is to reach another 5 million by 2030.
We are on course to reach our 2030 targets to engage project participants who are:
- 67% women farmers
- 15% living with a disability (or a family member)
- 20% young people (age 15-30)
- 8% living with HIV / AIDS
Our 3 areas of expertise
We train farmers in sustainable, agroecological principles and processes that have a climate-positive impact, to make their land highly productive and biodiverse. They draw on traditional knowledge and new innovations to adapt to a changing climate and build food security and financial resilience. We have specialist experience in farm systems and integrated animal management.
We build a foundation of confidence and hope, so women and marginalised people have greater voice and influence in their homes and communities. Men and women are encouraged to work together, sharing workloads and decision-making more equally – resulting in greater collaboration, respect and harmony. We include everyone, extending our reach and removing barriers to people with different needs and abilities and across generations.
Once farmers are food secure we encourage them to develop their farm as a business, to generate more income and have greater control over their futures. They diversify or specialise their micro-businesses according to their circumstances and local markets, coming together to form co-operatives for joint marketing, value addition and access to new and wider markets.
Our action on the climate crisis
The climate crisis is the single most significant issue affecting people across rural Africa, which threatens not only their lives, but the world’s ability to feed itself – now and in the future.
We are taking action now to help farmers urgently adapt to erratic and extreme weather changes. We are also advocating for climate justice on behalf of some of the world’s population who are hardest-hit by the crisis, and have contributed least to the global heating that is causing it.