rural livelihoods

Dairy Livelihoods: A Lifeline for Kenyan Farmers

Nuru Kenya launched its rural livelihoods program in 2017 with dairy cattle in Migori County, Kenya. Through the rural livelihoods program, Nuru Kenya aims to increase milk yields and incomes for farmers. Nuru Kenya’s recently released dairy impact report details the significant achievements of this program over the last five years and the difference it

Mung Bean Cultivation Building Community Climate Resilience in Rural Ethiopia

Local leaders are vital to successful interventions in rural communities, as they can implement programming that is responsive to the local needs of farmers. Nuru Ethiopia introduced mung bean to its smallholder farmers living in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia in 2018-2019. The intention was to diversify crop production, increase

The Nuru Collective Releases 2021 Annual Report

We are pleased to share the 2021 Nuru Collective Annual Report with you. During 2021, amid an ongoing pandemic, Nuru witnessed farmers building their resiliency, leaders rising to meet challenges, and barriers being broken down for the most marginalized.  Farmers earned more.  In 2021, Nuru farmers made nearly 75% more money than they did in

Nuru Ethiopia Partners with AMEA Network to Serve Farmer Organizations

Local partnerships that support locally-led solutions are a vital part of Nuru’s community climate resilience strategy. These partnerships support agribusiness professionalism among farmer organizations, as well as community-based dialogues that help communities adapt to an unstable world.  AMEA Ethiopia Local Network  Nuru Ethiopia is an active member of the Agribusiness Market Ecosystem Alliance (AMEA), a

Climate Strategy: An Interview with Nuru International’s Casey Harrison

In this second post in our three-part series on Nuru’s approach to climate change adaptation, we invite you to get to know Nuru International Impact and Learning Director Casey Harrison. In this interview, he shares more about his professional background and unpacks Nuru’s Community Climate Resilience Strategy–a vital aspect of the Nuru model in the face

Nuru Recognizes Earth Day

Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all. – Ban Ki-Moon Earth Day serves as a reminder

Mary Joel: A Woman Farmer’s Story of Resilience

In this final blog post for our Women’s Month series, we look at the way one woman farmer’s life has been positively impacted through Nuru’s gender-transformative approach that creates opportunities for women to share in household, community, and organizational decision-making. Nuru Kenya Launches Dairy Program In an effort to provide rural farmers with the opportunity

Nuru Nigeria Marks Major Milestone with $2M USAID Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 2, 2021  Contact: Kellyn Lovell | WASHINGTON, D.C. – After many months of co-creation and adaptive learning, Nuru Nigeria was awarded $2 million in funding through USAID’s Office of Local Sustainability in support of its Building Sustainable Livelihoods (BSL) program. Notably, the award is both the largest in organizational history

Nuru Kenya: Five Years After Expatriate Team Exit

Five years ago, Nuru International expatriates left Kenya and handed over the operations of the Nuru Kenya NGO to the local team. The international team had high expectations, having mentored the local team for seven years.  Preparation for Exit Despite their excitement to take over operations,  the local team was also skeptical about their capacity

Nuru Nigeria Successfully Distributes Crop Packages During Challenging Season

The first half of 2020 has been a fantastic series of tangible outcomes for the Nuru Nigeria team. The results are the product of many months of effort in training, testing, procuring and interacting with our farmers and their associations in northern Adamawa State.  From permagardens for household nutrition to better monetary security and transparency

COVID-19, Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa, and Nuru’s Response

As global coronavirus cases continue to rise and tense economic debates fill the news and social media echo-chambers I would like to thank you for taking a moment to consider the impacts COVID-19 and a global recession will have on another continent (or maybe it hits closer to home). As my colleague and friend, Tom

On-farm Livelihood Diversification for Rural Ethiopia

Workenesh Nekeri is a Nuru woman farmer, mother, and a member of Shambara Primary Cooperative in SNNPR, Ethiopia. She and her husband became members of the multipurpose cooperative by paying 100 ETB each, about $6 USD, for their ownership shares in the business. They paid for these shares with income from their primary on-farm business

Nuru Kenya Receives Recognition from Migori County Governor

On October 10-12, 2019, Nuru Kenya and Nuru Social Entreprises (NSE) partnered together to participate as exhibitors at The Agricultural Society of Kenya South Western Kenya Branch Show. The theme of this year’s show was “Promoting Innovation and Technology in Agriculture and Trade” in order to ensure food security in line with SDG #2: Zero

Nuru Partners to Build Sustainable Farmer Organizations

At Nuru, a self-sustaining farmer organization is a locally-owned and maintained agribusiness, non-profit, or cooperative that is financially sustainable, managed efficiently by its leadership, and provides socio-economic benefits to its community. At its core, this component of the Nuru model focuses on engaging and collaborating with community members to build transformative institutions that can provide