CCD staff train farmers on better farming techniques. After the training, CCD staff make regular site visits to the farms for the duration of the project.
CCD provides farmers with microfinance loans to purchase items such as tools, seeds, and cash to maintain the farms.
Trained CCD staff develop and maintain relationships with businesses and organizations in the larger markets who purchase the produce from the rural farmers at a higher price than the farmers would have received in their local markets.
Farming families in Ubangi, a remote region of northwestern DRC, would harvest, at most, 850 pounds of corn twice a year; this was not nearly enough to consistently feed a family and earn the income needed to move beyond barely surviving.
Families are forced to sell most of their meager corn harvests to local merchants, best described as profiteers, at rock bottom prices. The merchants profit from the backbreaking effort families put in to grow the corn. A sack of corn, purchased from a family for as little as $5, sells in Kinshasa for as much as $100.
Income has increased by over 400 percent. In addition, families in Bogoro, Gbatikombo, Bogalengba, Ngakola, Bogwka, and Bozagbaswa are able to increase their harvests in a sustainable and financially manageable manner, have enough to eat every day, store some of the harvest for use in the event of a lean year, and significantly increase their annual income. Not only are families changing for the better, but communities are changing as a result of the increased income.
CCD is currently assisting 500 of the poorest families in the villages of Bogoro, Gbatikombo, Bogalengba, Ngakola, Bogwaka, and Bozagbaswa by increasing their harvests and therefore, income.