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Reflecting on Eleven Years

June 16, 2022

Jostled between Jerry and the cab window, I peered forward at Toni grasping the door handle to keep it shut. We were on our way in this sturdy pickup with its low canopy to a community that I had visited eleven years before. A new memory welled up with every bump in the road. We […]

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Overheard At The Canning Workshop

March 1, 2022

Anyone who has ever taken part in a group activity like preparing food knows that the best part is the conversation and camaraderie as people peel, chop, mix, and package. A recent vegetable canning workshop given by local partner INESIN was no different. Seven women and four youngsters worked together preserving pickled chilies, hot sauce […]

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Thriving in Place

January 7, 2022

Doña Zoila says, “I have food to eat and food to sell.” Using skills and practices she learned in workshops given by local partner INESIN, she is feeding her family a balanced diet and earning money for household needs. Soil deterioration, water pollution, drought and lack of biodiversity have sharply affected her community’s traditional dependence […]

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Higher Standard of Living Due to Skills Learned

August 3, 2021

As this successful program wraps up, Mrs. Minh, her husband and their two girls are confident that the work they do to raise chickens, ducks and goats will continue to improve living conditions on their small five-acre farm. Mrs. Minh has been an active participant in the program since Mennonite Central Committee began supporting area […]

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Calamities Recede Thanks to Vegetable Farming

May 17, 2021

Out from under a pile of debt thanks to his successful vegetable farming operations, Mr. Khurkun is a happy man. As often happens with people of slender means, one calamity followed another in his life. A while back, he lost most of the land he farmed when the government built an irrigation canal. What was […]

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Training Continues in Smaller Groups

February 5, 2021

When news of the COVID-19 pandemic was released in Zimbabwe, farmers and local partner staff initially panicked. Until more information was gathered about how the virus spread, the program suspended activities for about a month. But, just as elsewhere, people had to “keep on keepin’ on”, despite fears of getting sick. They faced multiple threats […]

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Local Farmers Reap the Benefits of Training

December 22, 2020

The incidence of COVID-19 has been fairly low in Burkina Faso, so the staff of local partner ODE has been able to pay monitoring visits. A few of the farmers open up here about their experiences. Ms. Louta: We have been working on this maize field for years with meager harvests. But today, applying new […]

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Brothers and Sisters of Different Faiths Face Challenges Together in Mexico

March 3, 2020

In addition to receiving training on climate-sensitive agriculture techniques, program participants are finding common ground with people of other faiths and genders. In Southern Mexico politicians have used religion to divide communities. These divisions make it almost impossible for small communities to successfully organize and access government services like clean water or health services. But […]

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