100&Change: 2021

Heifer Project International

Soil to Space: Leveraging Water to Bridge the Food Gap

Heifer International with Columbia University will leverage satellite imaging to identify appropriate water interventions, and farm-to-market integration allowing smallholders’ contribution towards closing the food gap.

Submitted: August 2019
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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
100&Change: 2021
Food security
Current Work Location(s):
  • Departamento de La Paz, Honduras
  • Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe
  • Machakos, Kenya
  • Tabora Region, Tanzania
  • Southern Province, Zambia
Priority Population(s):
  • Economically disadvantaged people
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 1. No poverty
  • 2. Zero hunger
  • 6. Clean water and sanitation

Executive Summary

By 2050, the FAO estimates the world will be facing a 20,500 trillion calorie deficit, which requires a 56 percent increase from 2010, to meet the Zero Hunger Sustainable Development Goal. Smallholder farmers, who control 10 hectares or less, currently produce up to 80% of the world’s food. Based on academic consensus, efficiently using available water, with improved farm management, has the potential to triple farm production across countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Central America. Heifer’s proven community-empowering, private sector-driven platform for socio-economic development and integrated water resource management will leverage Columbia’s expertise in integrated agricultural and water research systems, to help marginalized smallholders in nine countries establish resilient pathways bridging the food gap. The proposed solution will reach the most marginalized people through three components: soil-to-space – connecting crop management and satellite imagery, farm-to-market – building healthy food value chains, and today-into-the-future – passing on resilient and sustainable solutions.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Heifer Project International

website: https://www.heifer.org
Organization Headquarters
Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
$100 to $199 Million
Number of Full-time Employees
500 to 1,000

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