CARE’s comprehensive and integrated approach to agriculture programming is rooted in its proven Farmer Field Business School model, which increases women’s skills and confidence to improve productivity and production, access markets, sell at competitive prices, and engage in decision making. CARE’s community-based interventions empower smallholder farmers, producer organizations, and agri-business across the entire value-chain, with a strong emphasis on women small-scale producers.


CARE’s approach to ensuring communities have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, places a significant emphasis on community engagement by strengthening community-based service providers to sustainably manage water resources; advocating for improved public WASH service delivery; and ensuring that women, girls, men, and boys all benefit from, have equitable access to, and are empowered by improved WASH services. CARE’s community-based WASH interventions are focused on: Water Smart Agriculture, Water Conservation and Climate Resilience, and WASH in Emergencies. Through these three focus areas, CARE works with communities to ensure they have water to grow food, to protect watersheds and water resources, and to support disaster affected populations with timely and effective access to water, sanitation, and hygiene.


CARE has an established track record building the resilience of individuals, communities, and systems to deal with the impacts of climate change. CARE’s Community-based Adaptation approach develops a set of climate change adaptation activities in partnership with at-risk communities in order to promote local awareness of, and appropriate and sustainable solutions, to current and future climate conditions. CARE’s Climate interventions are focused on the following three core areas:

Disaster Risk Reduction:
CARE will continue to meet the immediate needs of drought-affected communities and support communities to recover from drought. CARE strengthens the capacity of local governments and communities to mitigate the impact of disasters, through contingency planning and strengthening disaster preparedness, management, and early warning systems.

Climate Change Adaptation:
CARE’s renewable energy program and green growth initiatives aims to shift the current paradigm from one where women are passive providers and users of energy, to one where they are agents of change. CARE has been raising awareness and supporting the adoption of sustainable energy and green technologies, promoting alternative livelihoods, and engaging charcoal burner associations.

Natural Resource Governance:
CARE has an established track record of promoting community-led natural resource management and governance. Working with communities, local government, and the private sector, CARE promotes the rehabilitation of forests and water systems, safeguards protected spaces, and changes knowledge, attitudes, and practice regarding sustainable natural resource management.