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    Oct272014

    Are you up for the challenge? 

    Think about it: rural farmers who tend to a few acres of land have an immense collective impact on the health of our food systems. They are caretakers of our most important natural resources, and in Myanmar, the odds are stacked against them. Climate change has shortened the monsoons by 40 days. Crops are now more vulnerable to pests and diseases. Farmers go into debt to buy pesticides many don’t know how to use. Simple agricultural knowledge can have a huge impact, not only the success of an entrepreneur’s farm, but on the collective health of our planet.

    To address the issues facing farmers, Proximity offers Farm Advisory Services (FAS) that help rural households become more resilient. Our team of 25 crop advisors helps over 10,000 farmers a year diagnose crop diseases, treat pests, and adopt proven climate-smart techniques that increase farm yields and incomes. We’re working on spreading this service throughout Myanmar, which is where you come in.

    We’re taking a leap into peer-to-peer fundraising and are accepting donations to provide more farmers with access to income-boosting agricultural knowledge. Proximity is one of the participants in this year’s Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge. If you’re familiar with our history (rest assured, there will be a test) you might remember that we received their 2012 Social Entrepreneurship Award.

    Skoll has pledged up to $ 3.25 million in matching money to organizations that are racing against the clock for six weeks to raise money. This week, Skoll has promised to give Proximity $1,500 if we can raise $3,500. That means every dollar you give can help us unlock $1,500.

    On average, every $1 you invest will generate $12 of increased yearly income for a vulnerable rural family. Not to mention, your contributions will help shape the future of agriculture in Myanmar. We might be biased, but that sounds like a good investment to us.

    To donate, join our fundraising team, and learn more about the challenge, visit our Crowdrise profile.

     

     

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