Supporting Economic Empowerment In Agricultural Communities
PCI’s economic empowerment programs are designed to help poor households escape poverty permanently—ensuring people have sustainable methods to handle economic stressors and afford food, education, healthcare, and develop the assets needed to withstand shocks such as natural disasters.
Building assets and diversifying income is a fundamental step in helping poor households and communities move out of poverty and build financial resilience, especially in agricultural communities where crops are prone to weather and pest-related failure.
PCI’s economic empowerment programs are designed to strengthen household incomes and support sustained success in multiple ways, such as:
- Improving production and profits through stronger market linkages
- Promoting livestock production to build assets while enriching diets through the improved nutrition they can provide
- Developing the skills and capacity needed for non-agriculture income
- Encouraging the involvement of government service providers
- Supporting direct partnerships with private businesses
PCI also works through market systems to develop and connect local service providers, such as marketing groups and community animal health workers, with small producers to provide them with the critical networks they need to succeed. Bridging these “last-mile” gaps, while creating new jobs and income in communities that are typically in dire need, provide win-win economic gains for vulnerable communities.