Heifer International

Working with communities to end world hunger and poverty and care for the Earth.

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Accra, Ghana
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, United Republic of, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Agribusiness, Educational services

A COW, NOT A CUP

Dan West was a farmer from the American Midwest and member of the Church of the Brethren who went to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War as an aid worker. His mission was to provide relief, but he soon discovered the meager single cup of milk rationed to the weary refugees once a day was not enough.And then he had a thought: What if they had not a cup, but a cow?That “teach a man to fish” philosophy is what drove West to found Heifer International. And now, nearly 70 years later, that philosophy still inspires our work to end world hunger and poverty throughout the world once and for all.

We believe that the collective power of economic development, food security and nutrition, and environmental sustainability can empower small-scale farmers on the path to living incomes. When those components are multiplied by the positive impacts of gender equality and social capital, communities achieve greater resilience and a sustainable reduction in hunger and poverty.

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