Ugandan female farmer carries grain on her head as part of VSO's YELG project
VSO/Ginny Lattul

Resilient rural livelihoods

Supporting fairer outcomes for agricultural communities.

The rural poor, especially women, produce most of the world’s food. In return, they face high risks, a changing climate and very little reward for their incredibly hard work. The vast majority of poor rural farming communities are unable to compete equally in global markets. They remain stuck in chronic poverty.

We work with all market actors, including farmers, government and the private sector, to create inclusive economic growth and support the development of thriving rural communities.

We work to:

  • Empower individuals, households and communities through training and supporting organised collectives that increase bargaining power
  • Make changes at the value chain level to increase the income farmers can make from their products, including the use of sustainable agricultural production technologies
  • Improve farmers’ access to global markets

Programmes supporting resilient rural livelihoods

Volunter Al Razon talks with co-operative leader Ly Theort on the edge of a field at her farm

Supporting poor farming households to make a sustainable living

Improving Market Access for the Poor (IMA4P) identifies high-impact value chains, transforming agricultural markets to make them work better for the world's poorest farmers.

Murzina Khatun, a mother of three and farmer, crouches amidst her crops

Overcoming rural poverty through farming innovations

The Growing Together programme harnesses our collective expertise in agricultural techniques and value chains to grow smallholder farmer household incomes.

Cocoa farmer Abiba leans on a cocoa tree with ripening pods

Increasing profits for cocoa farmers

Cocoa Life is supporting cocoa-farming communities in Ghana to benefit from increased yields and bigger profits, thanks to our partnership with Mondelēz International.

Other areas of our work supporting resilient livelihoods

A student watches intently as her instructor demonstrates machinery in a welding and metal workshop

Employment and entrepreneurship

Ensuring that everyone has access to decent employment and market opportunities.

Tailor Rafiki Bienvenue goes over paperwork in his workshop

Enterprise development and job creation

Supporting small and medium enterprises to grow.