In 2000, the government of Peru stopped employing agricultural extension officers after seeing poor returns on its investment. While the private sector partially filled the gap, smallholder farmers in remote Andes regions Peru were left with limited access to quality extension services.
Currently, CARE is implementing over 74 economic development programs in 66 countries. CARE’s position as one of the world’s largest international non-governmental organizations allows its economic development programs to extend this reach to achieve lasting impacts in fighting poverty.
The importance of expanding access to financial services for the world’s poorest people is increasingly recognised, but despite the growing international attention to the issue, numerous barriers remain.
Elizabeth Akinyi moved to Rusinga Island on Kenya’s corner of Lake Victoria as a newly married young woman in the 1980s.
Through the ADAPT project, CARE is using a marketbased approach to develop a sustainable network of 500 rural agro dealers, which will provide 91,000 smallholder farmers with access to a range of highquality, affordable agricultural inputs and improved technologies.