Our Work in Mexico
Across Mexico, malnutrition affects 7 to 15 percent of the population. But in some parts of the country, more than 35 percent of children suffer from chronic malnutrition.
The added nourishment of poultry and eggs can go far to prevent hunger across the country, and many parts of Mexico have shown strong demand for poultry.
Hatching Hope will leverage the growing demand for cage-free eggs in Mexico to enable smallholder farmers to earn an income by connecting them to sustainable and profitable markets. By building on the social capital and poultry production skills from a previous Heifer International project, Hatching Hope Mexico will advise farmer groups on how to become profitable, independent market actors.
In the first two and a half years, Hatching Hope aims to improve the livelihoods of smallholder poultry households in Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Puebla through scaling up their flocks, building farmer groups’ business skills, and creating sustainable connections to formal markets.
Increases in production will enable an additional 23,600 people to increase protein consumption in their diets. The project will also enable 6.5 million people to improve their nutrition and poultry production knowledge through comprehensive awareness campaigns.
Heifer International has worked to improve livelihoods in Mexico since 1977, successfully teaching small-scale poultry farmers how to increase production for their own consumption and for sale.
Cargill teams have been at work in Mexico too, providing animal nutrition expertise and solutions to farmers and businesses across the country.
Hatching Hope in Mexico will continue to work with these small-scale producers to improve poultry production and living incomes. We will also help them connect to markets and increase awareness of the nutritional value of poultry.
Hatching Hope launched in Mexico in August 2019.