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A Flood Washed Away a Village, But Not Their Dreams

November 14, 2018

Finding Hope In Unexpected Places This spring, the worst flood of the century swept through the community of Magarini in Eastern Kenya, where families have worked for years to end their struggle with hunger and improve their lives. Homes were washed away. Entire fields were lost, buried in sand. With their homes destroyed, 90% of families had to move into tents. But hope was not lost. Even in the midst of severe challenges and disappointments, the men and women in this community are holding on…

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Despite Danger, Staff & Participants Carry On

October 9, 2018

Even with the real and present danger of rebel groups storming the town of Gamboula and surrounding areas for many months, courageous program participants and the staff of local partner CEFA have managed to find ways to carry on. With the exception of the cattle program – the animals are a significant investment and are at high risk of being stolen – most other activities have made progress. The tree nursery, EDEN, raises and sells a variety of fruit and agroforestry trees, and also sells…

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Out of Debt After Two Years of Environmentally-Friendly Farming

September 26, 2018

Mukesh, a young farmer who was saddled with an inherited debt and heavy family responsibilities, has paid off all his financial obligations with profits from his successful farm. He was able to celebrate this amazing achievement after two years, thanks to ag training and support he received from the program. Mukesh and his wife, Jeetni, live with his grandfather, a brother, and their small son. Mukesh was six months old when his mother died and his father abandoned him, leaving him to live with his…

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Sustainable Farming Sustains Families

November 16, 2018

“I find myself deeply rooted in the hopes and dreams of an organization that is focused on creating reliable and sustainable farming practices for hungry children, families and communities around the world,” says Board Member Leah Stolte-Doerfler, Pastor, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Silverton, OR “Our overseas visit was an incredible ‘ah-ha’ moment. First-hand we saw that […]

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A Farmer’s Tale

November 14, 2018

There once was a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon. One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors. “How […]

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Michigan Agricultural Commodities offers matching Gift of Grain program

November 9, 2018

As harvest progresses throughout the state, locally owned Michigan Agricultural Commodities, Inc. (MAC) is offering an opportunity for farmers to join in the support of two important organizations: Growing Hope Globally (formerly Foods Resource Bank) and the Michigan FFA Foundation. The MAC mission focuses on honesty, reliability and growth. These two organizations develop growth, one […]

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Small Business Transforms a Life

November 1, 2018

In just one year, Mayra has experienced a complete reversal of fortunes thanks to a micro loan and small-business training. She’d been scraping by as a farmer, but said that the three-year drought made her almost entirely dependent on remittances from a daughter who works in Costa Rica. That’s when local partner San Lucas offered […]

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An unexpected gift supports Colombian farmers when they need it most

October 16, 2018

Farmers in Sincelejo, in Colombia, were facing a desperate situation when a drought destroyed their crops in 2014. The Sincelejo community works hard to grow organic crops, save seeds, recover drought-tolerant native plants, and find solutions to the many environmental and societal challenges they face. Yet the drought put all their hard work in peril. […]

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Worth the Wait: Cocoa Production Leads to a Living Wage

The Colombia-Chocó program supports farmers in growing cacao, or cocoa, for the international chocolate market, in remote rural communities which have faced complex challenges to their food security. In this region along the Pacific coast, communities are accessible only by river, and there are few possibilities for economic advancement. Farming has been complicated by flooding, […]

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Before and After Drawings Depict Improved Results

Drawing pictures under the shade of a large tree, a community realized how much better off they were after using conservation agriculture practices over the last six years. Village men and women – including program participants and non-participants – were invited to draw pictures of the way their fields looked in 2011 and 2018. In […]

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Supporting His Family With His Farm

Rishailang is proud to be supporting his family entirely from his farm rather than having to find work elsewhere, thanks to all he’s learned about farming from the program. He says, “I can now fully engage with my farming. I’m expecting good returns from my various initiatives so I can support and improve the standard […]

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Introducing Our New President and CEO

October 15, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Max Finberg has joined Foods Resource Bank, soon to be known as Growing Hope Globally, as President and CEO on September 1, 2018. Max has 25 years of experience working to end hunger and poverty in both the United States and around the world, most recently serving as a […]

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Amaranth’s Nutritional Value is Restoring Health

October 12, 2018

Phiona’s involvement in the Kabale food security program was a turning point in her life when she learned to grow, cook and eat amaranth. As a farmer living with HIV who was frequently sick from infections due to poor nutrition, her ability to work was severely affected. Phiona says, “Two years ago, I lost 75 […]

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