We believe in a structural development cooperation with farmers. Not by trying to solve their problems, but by handing them the means to do so themselves. By trusting their independence and sense of responsibility. By empowering them. That is how we aim to break through the volatility characterizing international aid, instead focusing on sustainable, economic and social growth.
That push in the right direction; often it is not more than a small alteration/incentive, however, one that can create big change. A seed offers more perspective than a slice of bread. A loan creates a bigger sense of responsibility than a gift. Training can provide a long term solution, whereas pity can’t. We want to be a partner to developing farmers. A partner that always thinks along. A partner who creates a new movement.
We strive for a world in which all farming families are able to take control of their situation. A world in which farmers in developing countries are also able to achieve a good harvest, a viable income and a positive family environment. Our ideal is a world in which men, women and children are treated equally. A world in which poverty is a thing of the past and is no longer the cause of domestic violence or neglect of children.
Millions of Africans have to live on what their piece of land can produce, but in many cases this is very little or not enough and results in desperate poverty. It does not have to be like this: the full potential of the land is far from fully exploited.
We believe that investing in farmers in developing countries will lead to a better future. A better future for themselves, their families and also for the generations to come. We empower farmers by doing genuine business with them. We make essential agricultural products such as sowing seed available and we share valuable knowledge to help increase the harvest of the farmers.
Poverty facilitates child abuse and exploitation. That is why we also support these families and their immediate environment in the upbringing of children. Not only do we tackle the cause of poverty, but also the unwanted, but very common side effects, such as domestic violence, child labour and a large gender divide.
The ICS approach
Poverty entails more than just the absence of money and food. Long-term poverty and a lack of access to new knowledge can cause unhealthy and restrictive behavioural patterns to emerge and sustain within the family. It is for that reason that ICS simultaneously works on 1) economic growth for farmers and 2) strengthening farming families.
Our goal is economic growth for farming families. With your investment we are able to offer them agricultural products on credit combined with training. By providing these services on credit, the money returns to us and can be invested again. This results in an endless stimulation of economic growth.
Together with families and schools, ICS works on creating a healthy, safe and stimulating living environment. With your money we train parents, teachers, and children. That way, we ensure future generations will be able to develop to their full potential.