Who we are

We enable poor rural families in Asia and Africa to grow enough food so they don’t go hungry, to strengthen their voice so they can speak out against injustice and to earn enough money so they can find their feet.

We were founded in 1960 by the journalist Carol Martin, in response to the plight of Eastern European refugees. She was particularly concerned that families were suffering from malnutrition and was motivated to do something about it.

Find out about opportunities to join our small, committed and dynamic team. Job vacancies or internship opportunities will be listed and we also benefit from the support of a small number of volunteers who offer their time and expertise.    

We have a small team in the UK and are governed by a board of trustees. We implement our in country projects through carefully selected local partners. Being small means our overhead costs are kept to a minimum and we remain responsive to community needs.        

Between 2015 and 2019, our aim is to help lift 150,000 people and 750,000 of their family members out of poverty. We will continue to focus on sustainable rural livelihoods, which we believe transforms lives. Read our Strategic Plan 2015-2019.

Download the latest copy of our annual review to find out about our work in the previous year and meet the families we are working with. See how families are growing more food, earning and income and speaking out.

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