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More Income, Less Drudgery

August 15, 2022

The creation of community cereal banks is having a positive effect on farming and family food security. Local partner RELUFA reports that the grain the farmers save communally at harvest has greatly benefited them at the start of the traditional hunger months, July to September. For example, if they need to go to the local […]

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Ensuring a Decent Living for Coffee Growers

August 5, 2022

In one of the poorest nations in the world, where coffee is the main agricultural export, competition can hurt the small grower. So local partner Mountain Harvest is dedicated to ensuring that the 1,000 coffee farmers in their program are not only able to grow high-quality Arabica coffee beans, but that they receive a fair […]

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Conserving Soils Key to Resiliency

July 28, 2022

Doña Silvia confirms that, as expressed by the subtitle of the program (“Somos Resilientes”), she and her family are indeed resilient. Except for her husband’s seasonal work picking coffee, agriculture is the sole source of income for the couple and their two children. But things weren’t going so well for them even before drought and […]

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The Uphill Climb is Worth It, For the Children

July 1, 2022

Marcos and Filomena work hard to make sure their two little girls are not among the 46% of under-five children in Timor Leste who suffer from chronic malnutrition or stunting. They only used to grow and eat corn and cassava, but have recently added protein in the form of eggs from the chickens they now […]

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Stronger Individuals, Families, Communities

The India Umsning program officially ended in June 2022. Has it been a success? Let’s take a look at some of the results and see. Overall, 90% of participant households have adequate food and improved their nutrition because of a greater availability of vegetables, fruit, cereals and protein. They’ve done this through dedication to improving […]

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Conservation Ag Outperforms Slash-and-Burn

June 24, 2022

Mr. Mumba is producing more vegetables in his farm garden with conservation agriculture techniques than he was ever able to with traditional slash-and-burn practices. And he says his produce is healthier, larger and tastier, too. For 12,000 years, humans have added nutrients to soil through ashes derived from burned fields in order to grow food […]

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Conservation Agriculture Easier on Aging Farmers

June 10, 2022

Joseph joined a Farmer Field School despite other men saying it was “a waste of time.” He ended up mulching a small piece of land just to please the staff. And then … “I never at all believed in this,” he admits, but his mulched maize remained green even when the rains stopped. When he […]

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Small Business, Big Success

Six women – Angura, Rubi, Johura, Eti, Rumela and Najma – report that the first year of their first joint venture, a small vegetable farm, has been a success. Not only is there a high demand for their produce, they are also receiving kudos from their communities for their courageous initiative in a sector traditionally […]

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Household Advisors Share Their Expertise

June 1, 2022

“Learn, do and share” is the refrain of the program’s cadre of Household Advisors. These women and men receive training in one of the sectors covered by the program, such as Agriculture, Revenue, Family Responsibilities, and Maternal and Infant Health. They receive a small stipend to encourage them to share their areas of expertise with […]

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Iron-Poor Blood No More

May 26, 2022

What would you do if your little one was suffering from anemia and you didn’t have access to iron pills at the corner drugstore? Well, in Castrovirreyna you’d add iron-rich dehydrated alpaca blood to soups, omelets, and other cooked foods. And where would you get this novel dietary supplement? You’d process it yourself. An animal […]

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