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 help prevent hunger across the country, where there is a strong demand for poultry.
Hatching Hope will leverage the growing demand for cage-free eggs in Mexico, as it connects smallholder farmers to sustainable and profitable markets that will enable them to increase their income. Building on the social capital and poultry production skills they learned from a previous Heifer International project, farmer groups will work with Hatching Hope Mexico to increase their profit and become independent market actors.
In the first two and a half years of implementation, Hatching Hope aims to improve the livelihoods of smallholder poultry households in Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Puebla by scaling up their flocks, building farmer groups’ business skills, and creating sustainable connections to formal markets.
With increased production, more people will be able to access and consume eggs, enabling them to add enough protein into their diets to meet the minimum amount of protein recommended for a nutritional diet. The project will run comprehensive awareness campaigns, enabling 6.5 million people to improve their nutrition and poultry production knowledge.
In 1977, Heifer International started work in Mexico, providing farmers with resources and technical assistance to improve their agriculture production. Today, Heifer Mexico has supported more than 366,000 families to increase food security and incomes.
Cargill teams have been working in Mexico, providing animal nutrition expertise and solutions to farmers and businesses across the country.
Hatching Hope in Mexico will continue to work with these smallholder farmers to improve poultry production and increase incomes. They will be connected to markets and trained to increase their knowledge about the nutritional value of poultry.
Hatching Hope launched in Mexico in August 2019.