MSI’s agriculture and livestock projects work closely with farming communities, bringing training in sustainable livestock production, pasture development, and farming techniques. In partnership with both local people and foreign experts, MSI seeks to help communities achieve better harvests and life transformation through innovative and experimental programs, demonstrating practical techniques, and mentoring.
In 1995, MSI Livestock Program started in Zhaojue, Sichuan when the Zhaojue County Government invited MSI to assist farmers in their livestock program in two districts there, working among Yi farming communities. It was mainly a sheep lending program and helped 308 families in the first 10 years. MSI’s work has focused on local farmers who are often uneducated and living in poverty. Technical training for these farmers requires creativity and innovative teaching methods, oftentimes requiring extended time together sharing in their challenges.
The current Sunshine Farm project, working in partnership with the Zhaojue county government, focuses on supporting and assisting young adults and new agricultural entrepreneurs. The farm provides training in farming skills by giving young adults opportunities for hands-on experience with new varieties of plants and livestock. By providing character-building, health education, and financial management courses during the training period, the Sunshine farm project aims to help young farmers improve their life situation economically and socially.
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