about Heifer

80 years of lasting change

Heifer Netherlands is an independent organization. We are part of the international Heifer network, which started in 1944 with the fight against hunger and poverty by promoting sustainable livestock farming. In the late 1930s, Heifer provided Heifers to people who were suffering from the Spanish Civil War. The first calf was passed on to someone else. This is called ‘Passing on The Gift‘. Now, 80 years later, Heifer has grown into a global organization, and thanks to the Heifer method, 43 million farming families have access to nutritious food and earn a decent income.

Heifer's unique approach

Together with NGOs, knowledge institutes, government agencies, the private sector, and many other partners worldwide, we work towards a common goal: eradicating hunger and poverty. Heifer is not the only organization addressing critical issues such as income improvement, food security, gender equality, and climate change. However, we are unique in our 100% locally driven participatory approach focused on organizing farmers into groups.

Our mission

Heifer is on a mission to end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way by supporting and investing alongside local farmers and their communities

Our team

Heifer Nederland consists of a small, but highly dedicated, team of 9 people. The team is being supported by a professional supervisory board that brings expertise in different areas.

Strategic plan 2023-2026

Are you curious about our plans for the coming years? This infographic provides a clear overview of our plans for the upcoming years.

Working with Heifer

We work closely with partners around the world that support our mission of ending hunger and poverty, while caring for the earth. Together we can bring poor farming families out of poverty and create strong resilient communities,