It may seem like a long way from Reber, but the challenges we face as small-scale farmers here in the US are similar to those smallholder farmers face in Africa: limited access to capital, inputs, labor, markets and information.
The big differences are in access to government services (health, education, extension) and communal infrastructure (roads, bridges, markets, etc).
Also, at Reber Rock, we make the choice to farm, and to farm with horses. In Africa, to survive, the rural poor farm generation after generation with any means they have.
For 17 years, one of Reber Rock's farmers, Racey, has been working to address these and other challenges of rural life in Africa. Her first hand knowledge of commercial, diversified, draft powered farming, and her time living in Africa make her a valuable addition to teams looking for technically and culturally appropriate solutions to economic hardship in humanitarian, early recovery and development contexts.
Racey’s experience working with non-profits, commercial businesses and the public sector at home in rural NY and abroad have given her excellent coordination, negotiation, advocacy and leadership skills - the essential building blocks of vibrant, resilient rural communities.
Central African Republic
Travel - October through March; 1-2 week missions possible May-September.
Remote Support - all year
Click below to learn more about Ndara, Racey's for-profit company that sells beautiful handmade Central African crafts globally.