Areas of Expertise
Sustainable Agriculture in Developing Countries
AIR’s international expertise in areas such as education, training, community mobilization, and behavior-change communication are employed in developing the capacity and improving the well-being of smallholder farmers. Our approach begins with youth through interventions such as junior-farmer schools and clubs, or life-skills training. It continues with adults through new types of extension service, with particular emphasis on the special needs of smallholder farmers. Inexpensive and ubiquitous information-and-communications technologies such as radio and cell phones can not only reach large numbers of farmers with vibrant, impact-driven agricultural programming; they can also capture the farmers’ own voices to share lessons learned and help set extension agendas.
Nicaragua’s ENTERATE (Educando Niños Trabajadores y Erradicando Actividades y Trabajos Explotadores)
Together with its Nicaraguan partners (La Cuculmeca, INPRHU-Somoto, and Club Infantil), AIR is working to reduce the worst forms of child labor in Nicaragua by providing access to and improving the quality and relevance of education as well as providing skills or vocational training for 10,045 children, mostly in the rural and urban areas of the Departments of Jinotega and Madriz.
RECLAIM withdrew/prevented approximately 2,960 children from exploitive child labor by enrolling them in either formal or vocational education programs, and provided income generation alternatives to 500 women.