Lifeworks GlobalEmpowering communities with low-cost, sustainable agricultural techniques that improve soil quality and boost crop yields
Who we are
Lifeworks provides free training that empowers small-scale farmers to achieve resilience and sustainability through simple solutions using readily available materials.
After 10 years in the field, our methods have evolved, improving our impact. Now, our cascade training model costs $1 per farmer – and doubles their yield and income.
We work with established partners running projects in farming communities. We are looking to spread our work further and are actively seeking partners and funders. Please contact us to explore how we can work together.
What we do
Based on the findings of research institutes worldwide into microbial technology, Lifeworks Global has devised a programme that can deliver lasting change.
Empower: we train groups of small-scale farmers in techniques that bring the soil back to health in a natural, low-cost way that is accessible to everyone.
Embed: we offer on-going support for those we train, establishing communities of practice.
Scale Up: We fund those we’ve trained to train others, and provide on-going support and guidance.
Why we do it
Our work is more urgent than ever as the growing impact of soil degradation and climate change affect the lives of millions, with the poorest being hit the hardest.
Farmers using our techniques are reporting significant increases in crop yield – between 50% and 150%. Small-scale livestock and poultry farmers also benefit from better animal health and higher prices at market.
people worldwide are affected by malnutrition
hectares of farmland are lost each year to soil erosion
of the world’s agricultural land is managed by small-scale farmers
Transforming the soil
Microbial science is revolutionising farming. Research has shown that natural preparations made with readily available materials can transform soil health, boost crop yields and strengthen plants’ resistance to disease and pests.
Soils degraded by poor farming practice and overuse of fertilisers and pesticides can be restored by applying organic compost and supplements rich in lactobacillus and other beneficial microorganisms.
Lifeworks has developed training programmes and related support in the preparation of a range of products for improving agriculture.
Over the last 10 years, we have supported farmers in Rwanda, Zambia, Kenya, Benin and India with very positive results. In 2021 we are training in six more African countries. We have developed close relationships with government ministries, NGOs, and regional and international bodies, including the World Bank and Anglican dioceses. Our model of training trainers means that thousands of small-scale farmers have now been helped to improve their soil, increase their yields and sustain their communities.
Christopher Chiluba is Regional Commander Western Zambia's prison service. He and seven colleagues attended our training in Kaoma, Zambia, in September 2020. He was so inspired that he committed to rolling out the Lifeworks method to inmates across the six correctional facilities he oversees, and to support them after their release.
We work alongside a variety of partner organisations, both funders and project organisers, as well as agricultural research establishments.