AMI’s programming focuses on four areas: Rural Network, Education, Rural Sustainability, and Capacity Restoration. Current partnerships with some fifty community organizations in over twenty countries has uniquely positioned AMI to build local capacity through leadership, community and economic development and to strengthen advocacy efforts addressing the root causes of injustices and exclusion.
Our philosophy and model of providing technical assistance in rural and agricultural development have proven quite effective at achieving food secure communities, improving health, the quality of life and income. We deliberately work through local community based partners to maximize the use of resources, develop local human potential, strengthen local organizations and avoid dependency. This strategy has proven to be very successful in developing the capabilities of local organizations to address their own problems and issues and share their experiences through the Rural Network.
Programmatic Focus and Background:
Food and Climate Change
The changing global climate presents severe challenges to rural communities around the world. Extreme weather conditions and events, attributed to climate change, render poor rural communities very vulnerable to food and economic insecurity, loss of livelihoods and property, displacement and even relocation or resettlement. Prolonged droughts, erratic and more intense rainfall patterns and ecological changes these cause represent the most relevant climate related conditions that affect rural peoples living on the margins of their nations’ economies. Rural communities are left to deal with the aftermath of climate change – namely devastated infrastructure that leads to food and economic insecurity, without assistance from local governments or organizations.
AMI’s long term commitment to justice, sustainable agriculture and rural development has provided an in depth understanding of the interconnectedness of agriculture and climate and its ties to struggles for democratic land use. Food sovereignty and small and medium scale low input agriculture are some of the most potent tools for mitigating and adapting to the now inevitable climate crisis humanity faces.