Smallholder farmers and their families in developing countries make up the world's most impoverished segment. Poverty, financial exclusion, malnourishment, lack of basic necessities such as health care, clean water, sanitation, education & electricity are just some of the problems they face in their everyday life. With all the aid and efforts to eradicate poverty and its related ills, one can study the efforts made in the past few decades and understand the key to solving these problems is to enable these farmers to help themselves. In other words, a hand-up rather than a hand-out approach.
We at Ricult built our entire business model around a simple insight. Improving agricultural productivity and profitability was the only sustainable route to stronger rural communities. As a double-bottom line social enterprise, we aim to enable them to become economically independent and improve, not only their own but their families and entire communities standard of living.