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Access to Water Makes Tilapia Farming Possible

April 16, 2021

Ema’s family is one of five in her community to try their hand at raising tilapia. With support and technical advice from local partner ADIP, she and her husband constructed a 16’ x 26’ pond nearly 3 feet deep with room for up to 50 fish. She’s delighted with the results. As soon as she […]

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Raising Chickens Inspires Community Cohesion

Local partner APIDEC’s early baseline training modules in poultry raising have benefited the community during and after the March-September 2020 pandemic lockdown order. Because the program started during the dry season when instruction in vegetable and crop production was not feasible, organizing women’s groups to raise chickens was first on the training agenda. As it […]

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Designing a Better Farm

March 29, 2021

Despite the disruption of the pandemic, recent hurricanes, and the loss of the first bean crop to excessive rains, not all the news has been bad. Coffee prices have been favorable and the conditions are looking good so far for the second planting of beans. And Rufino is feeling very optimistic after totally revamping his […]

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Working, Saving and Setting Goals as a Family

“People like us don’t save money because we have no money to save.” This was the first reaction that many people in the community had at the suggestion that a group of women join together to organize a Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA). That’s definitely what Martha thought. Her husband, Denis, was involved in […]

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Local Folks Grows Hope with Maple Syrup

March 26, 2021

It’s maple syrup season, and as Ohio is ranked fourth in US production of maple syrup production, it’s a sure bet you’ve seen trees tapped throughout the community. But did you know that a group of dedicated folks in Hiram are harvesting maple syrup to support farmers in communities around the world? For the seventh […]

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Faith-Based Communities Come Together to Tackle Global Hunger

March 22, 2021

Perhaps you’ve heard the European folk tale of “stone soup” — in the story, community members each contribute one thing to a communal meal and together they are able to prepare a bountiful feast that feeds the body, mind and spirit. It is in this spirit of cooperation and giving that the nondenominational faith-based organization, […]

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A Good Year Despite the Pandemic

March 16, 2021

George is a community promoter who has been with the Rio Coco program since 2017. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, he says, “I feel that I have been very blessed. I’ve had food in the house, income from the sale of rice and other produce, and the security of a farm and a home […]

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Global Farmer Experience Goes Virtual

March 12, 2021

We are excited to share the new and improved Global Farmer Experience, updated for either in person or online use.  This resource is based on more than 20 years of experience supporting sustainable agricultural development programs in more than 50 countries around the world. The Global Farmer Experience gives you the chance to step into […]

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Raising Chickens Hatches New Opportunities

March 9, 2021

Pov is not new to farming or raising chickens, but practicing more successful techniques has gotten her out of debt. Even better, her husband can now live at home and help her with her poultry business instead of migrating for work. She used to use traditional methods to grow rice and raise chickens on their […]

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Women’s Success Decreases Domestic Abuse

Domestic violence is on the rise around the world – yet another side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, women in West Pokot are reporting a reduction in what is known locally as “home feuds.” Women are being empowered as part of their agricultural and business efforts.  This is bringing about a notable reduction in […]

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