iDE is dedicated to creating income and livelihood opportunities for poor rural households. By increasing access to markets and affordable agricultural inputs and sanitation systems, iDE supports smallholder farmers in participating effectively in high-value agriculture market systems. iDE’s first point of entry is assessing what is missing in the market and learning what customer really want using the Human Centered Design methodology. Implementation from this process increases the capacity of local supply chains to provide last mile customers with affordable and appropriate technologies. By facilitating access to technologies like drip irrigation, latrines, solar pumps, and water filters, iDE empowers farmers to increase their own food security and incomes. Building on 30 years of experience in designing and implementing creative approaches to income-generation, iDE currently operates pro-poor programming through 11 country programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
• Innovation through Rural Prosperity: This is three country program in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Cambodia designed to reach 25,000 smallholder farm families. The program will achieve this through targeted investments in training and developing smallholder-oriented private sector product and service providers, who will continue to provide products and services after the end of program funding, reaching another 75,000 customers by 2020.
• Multiple Use Systems and Manual Well-Drilling in Ethiopia: This project develops Multiple Use Systems, focusing on manual well-drilling and irrigation technologies. It has reached more than 10,000 households through a rural marketing campaign, built a local supply chain for water pumps, and has trained input suppliers, micro-irrigation dealers, and treadle pump installers on product promotion geared to smallholder irrigation.
• Agri-Hub FBA Model: iDE Mozambique has established its Farm Business Advisor (FBA) model and Agri-Hub concept toward building a fully integrated, financially stable system enabling farmer productivity. Agri-Hub establishes partnerships to develop supply chains that give farmers access to productive inputs and the microfinance tools to purchase them, as well as to output markets to sell their produce.
• Toro Drip Irrigation: iDE, partnering with Toro Irrigation, has developed affordable irrigation kits for poor, smallholder farmers in Zambia. iDE and Toro will distribute demonstration kits in Zambia and use iDE’s Human Centered Design (HCD) toolkit to tailor the irrigation kit to customer needs, resulting in the production of the new kits and sales of at least 100 kits by the end of the pilot project.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT
iDE is always looking for qualified interns to work and gain experience in fields ranging from business development, communications, to supply chain management. Interns will work with people from around the world, coordinating with iDE’s international staff on multiple projects. Students who are interested in agriculture and sanitation development will work with professionals with years of experience and work on projects that will impact thousands, if not millions of people. There are multiple opportunities to volunteer as well. Students can help out at events or with donor campaigns, giving them an opportunity to meet development professionals and learn more about the organization.
CONTACT AND INFORMATION
Dave Schutz, Business Development Manager | firstname.lastname@example.org | 720-588-3545
Address: 1031 33rd St #270, Denver, CO 80205