Agriculture, one of the critical projects Seeding Mercy Inc. undertakes, is meant to reduce poverty and improve livelihoods through innovative solutions that address Food & Nutrition Security, Sustainable Markets, Climate Smart Agriculture, and Equality of Opportunity for women and youth in employment and business.
Yet agriculture also accounts for 70% of water use and over 30% of greenhouse gas emissions.
Agriculture addresses a basic need: Food and nutrition security for a population expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. It offers essential commodities, employment, and environmental services that facilitate economic and social development. Yet agriculture also accounts for 70% of water use and over 30% of greenhouse gas emissions. It contributes to and is threatened by climate change, which disproportionately affects the 500 million smallholder farmers who produce 80% of the food consumed in developing countries.
Seeding Mercy Inc. has developed food, income and climate solutions that maximize the benefits while minimizing the negative impacts of agriculture. Our goal is to reduce poverty, increase sustainable agriculture and create opportunities for millions of women and men in developing countries.
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
Sustainable Development Goal 6 calls upon the world to ensure universal access to clean water and sanitation by 2030. Despite progress made under the MDGs, some 663 million people still have no access to an improved drinking water source, and a further 1.8 billion people use a water source that is contaminated by feces or chemicals both on oil fields or pesticides. More than 2.4 billion people have no hygienic toilet. Many of these people are the hardest to reach, the most vulnerable, and the least empowered. Ensuring access for these people in the next 15 years will require substantially more than a ‘business as usual’ approach.
Seeding Mercy’s WASH initiatives in both rural and an urban context will provide access to improved drinking water services and/or improved sanitary facilities for 5 million people in the next two years. Our work improves environmental health by reducing pathways for disease transmission, enhancing nutrition – especially with regards to stunting in children, and reducing both untreated human waste and wastewater.
Long-term sustainability lies at the core of our work. We strengthen public governance around water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, support institutional changes and capacity, develop financially viable services, and improve asset management of existing WASH infrastructure. This includes strengthening the roles of civil society and the private sector in advocacy and operation, as well as promoting sector and stakeholder dialogue and reflection about changing needs and standards in the light of increasing urbanization and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The strategies we’ve seen on the continent are not working. The farmers who are largely women still produce less.
We’re going to change that using our revolutionary model,
The Village Innovation Academy: Changing one village at a time.
Rural poverty is so complex that there seemingly is no one solution to the problem rural farmers always face. Seeding Mercy is changing that by introducing a holistic, long-term approach to ending hunger and build communities.