Lifeworks Global

Empowering communities with low-cost, sustainable agricultural techniques that improve soil quality and boost crop yields

Who we are

We introduce natural technologies using freely available materials to NGOs and farmers that restore the soil and boost income by 150% by the first harvest. These technologies afford exciting opportunities for employment and commercialisation, greatly enhance carbon sequestration and give farmers not only sustainable food but extra income.

We identify and work with local NGOs to transfer the knowledge and empower them in the field so that the benefit reaches many people on the ground. LWG has a complete support package to realise the potential of these opportunities and can introduce partners to climate-smart and agricultural funded projects.

The areas we and our partners work in are Sustainable Agriculture; Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation; Regenerative Agriculture; and Forests and Landscapes Restoration.

After 12 years in the field, our cost per farmer is $1.  We estimate the economic uplift per small holder farmer at $120 per year over a four year average, including carbon tax.

African farmer tending some crops

What we do

We provide:

  • Trainings on our technologies online and in the field. We supply guidelines and templates for project bids and introductions to key contacts into government agencies
  • Application support and knowledge transfer on all technologies using digital platforms such as WhatsApp as well as physical visits in the field
  • Guidelines and templates on how to scale a business from village to country level, as well as introductions to local mentors to realise the great potential of bio-agricultural products

We work with other technologies such as water management, and other complimentary solutions.

We adopt exciting technologies such as water management and other complimentary solutions from our partners and introduce them throughout our partner network.

We work with large institutions such as FAO, IITA, and government bodies to get buy-in and certification.

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% – and reduced spending on commercial fertilisers. Small-scale livestock and poultry farmers also benefit from better animal health including the impact of deworming and repelling of insect vectors & pests and higher prices at market.

Cracked and degraded soil
A pile of corn cobs

1in3

people worldwide are affected by malnutrition

10 million

hectares of farmland are lost each year to soil erosion

70-80%

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 protein hydrolysates.

Lifeworks trainings shows farmers how to prepare and utilise a range of low cost animal derived protein hydrolysates for improving agricultural productivity.

Transforming the soil through microbial science

The Paradigm Shift

Our Impact

Over the last 10 years, we have supported farmers in Rwanda, Zambia, South Africa, South Sudan, Kenya, DR Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, 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 African Development 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.

Our Partners

We work alongside a variety of partner organisations, both funders and project organisers, as well as agricultural research establishments.

Lifeworks Partners
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