CRS` Agriculture Principles
All of Catholic Relief Services' agricultural and environmental work is guided by the following six principles:
Work with farmers as partners
Treat farming as a family business, acknowledging that rural communities are linked to markets and that farm families need income for off-farm products and services.
Focus on farming systems, supporting diverse production - crops, livestock, trees and fish.
Promote agricultural practices that do not deplete or damage resources, linking production to conservation.
Use watershed approaches, fostering cross-community collaboration for resource protection, natural disaster mitigation, and upstream/downstream cooperation to meet competing water needs.
Ensure immediate benefits; invest in long-term production. CRS' programs are based on assessments of local needs, opportunities, and key limiting factors. Activities include:
- Rural credit
- Agricultural recovery from disaster
- Crop and horticultural production
- Soil and water conservation
- Livestock production
- Fish farming
- Soil improvement
- Integrated pest and water management
- Watershed management
- Small-scale irrigation
- Land tenure and titling