OIC International’s Food Security & Agriculture programs aim to make measurable and sustainable improvements in farming production and resource utilization through instruction and skills improvement in growing, processing and marketing practices. We provide direct technical assistance to farmers through field extension agents, who live and work in communities to promote changes in attitudes and systems, while enhancing clients’ skills in agriculture. OIC International does not simply give rural farmers new tools; we empower rural farmers with the skills needed to generate increased production and profit, and also with knowledge, promoting respect for the environment and improving the quality of life of the community as a whole.
Over the past 40 years, we have successfully improved food security for populations at risk through technical interventions in areas such as post-harvest management; processing and storage; animal husbandry; agricultural marketing; bullock traction; agro-forestry; inventory credit; and the formation of farming groups and committees.
The primary objectives of OIC International’s Food Security & Agriculture programs are to:
- increase food availability and food access through improved farming systems, invigorated entrepreneurship, and strengthened market systems
- improve food utilization through food distribution and better care practices, such as improved food processing, preservation and storage