CARDEP Globally

Agriculture & Poverty

Poverty alleviation must begin with agricultural development in rural areas, because the majority of the world’s poor rely on agriculture for their income and food. In Vietnam, 90% of poor people live in rural areas, and these families derive 70% of their incomes from agriculture.

IDE has found that small farm families can progressively work their way out of poverty when they have access to high-quality, appropriate agricultural inputs, capacity in intensified, diversified production techniques, and linkages to markets for high-value farm products. The challenge lies in making useful products and services available to rural families in a sustainable way.

By catalyzing both supply and demand for products, services, and information appropriate to rural households, IDE makes markets work for the rural poor, enabling families to develop their small farm businesses and improve their living standards.

Over the past two years, IDE has developed the Core Action Research Development Program (CARDEP) to consolidate its market-based approach into a replicable set of interventions capable of enabling prosperity for large numbers of poor people around the world. CARDEP’s operating principle is that by removing key barriers in input availability, production knowledge, and market access through commercial market-based channels, IDE can enable smallholder families to work up to and beyond $500 increases in annual net income over six years.

Whilst IDE is a non-profit organization, its projects are implemented through profitable and sustainable small and micro enterprises, growing with the trend of economic liberalization in Vietnam

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