Agricultural Development is one of the largest initiatives of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as it is ours at Rase the Roof. Working in the rural area of Barut, we see the daily need for agricultural training to end poverty.
The young people and community members we train in small scale farming are better able to feed themselves and families. They are able to generate income which allows them to increase access to education for their children, gain medical support when needed, and reinvest in their farms, thus supporting their local economy.
The majority of communities we work with have arable farm land at their disposable, but lack the education to use it efficiently. Agricultural development is a vast unlocked resource in rural communities and drives the direction of our work with Raise the Roof.
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