Agriculture & Small Livestock Programs

Agriculture, Food Security and Small Livestock Programs

All of the people in the communities into which Vessels of Mercy International works are dependent upon agriculture for their livelihoods. If a person does not farm themselves, then their customers do and so if the crops are poor there will not only be limited food in the country but limited wealth to pay those who work in other trades. Vessels of Mercy International is committed to working with the village communities to develop sustainable, organic agricultural and small livestock projects to alleviate dependence on expensive chemical fertilizers.

As part of our work we are always seeking to partner with other organizations who have greater expertise in this area as we recognize that it is neither effective nor efficient to reinvent the wheel. Accordingly we are currently exploring partnership opportunities with those involved in the farming community, agro forestry and other initiatives that seek to enrich the soil and improve crop yield organically. 

Every agricultural program is linked closely with discipleship as this is the backbone of all of the work of Vessels of Mercy International. While training the village farmers in the alternative farming methods the team of Vessels of Mercy International also disciple them in the Word of God using applicable and relevant farming analogies that they will understand. We consider it important that people not only appreciate the greater crop yields that are generated by organic farming methods, but also that they appreciate why this is so and how God created the different ecosystems to hang in a fine balance. This enables us to talk with the beneficiaries about issues such as conservation, deforestation and other matters that affect their environment. 

 In all our work we seek to help communities initiate sustainable change and development for themselves rather than cultivating a culture of dependence. To this end much of the work revolves around people, relationships, education and locally available and accessible resources. If a community’s only resources are its land and people then it is only by helping them utilize these resources in more efficient and effective ways that their development can be self-sustained.

“Transforming communities through the implementation of programs which affect all areas of community life including: agriculture, education, economic empowerment, advocacy and discipleship, working through the community leaders.”