Why rural people
Over 3.4 billion people globally live in rural areas. Two out of three people living in extreme poverty live in rural settings. They are the smallholder farmers, fishermen, pastoralists, Indigenous peoples, and forest dependent communities. Every day they rely on minimal resources to survive.Rural programs
More than 44 million lives across 5 continents have been improved through IIRR’s rural development programs.
Climate Smart Village Model
The CSV initiative supports a number of IIRR’s priorities and working themes. Our integrated 5-pronged approach empowers smallholder farmers to improve their livelihoods.Learn more
Though often disadvantaged, rural communities have the right to self-determination and dignity. Our human-centered design approach places them at the forefront of solving their own challenges.
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