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Stronger Individuals, Families, Communities

July 1, 2022

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 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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A Firm Foundation in Beekeeping at Last

April 13, 2022

Eddy says he tried many times to keep bees, but since he did not have much knowledge on the subject, he was never successful. He had participated in many of the sustainable farming activities promoted by local partner APIDEC, and knew that bees played an important role in the crop cycle. A chance to enroll […]

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Old Farming Practices Make Way for the New

Douglas, a farmer with a carpentry business and a young family, speaks with great love of how his parents involved him in farming from a very young age. “They taught me to work the land in the way they knew,” he says. “Today, though, I know that some of those conventional farming practices caused a […]

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Working the Land Instead of for “The Man”

Mr. Touch’s life changed for the better – way better – when he asked himself a direct question: “What would happen if, instead of working 8-10 hours a day for someone else, I put in that same amount of time working for myself on my land, and could be with my family instead of so […]

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Improving the Soil for the Children

Local partner ADIP is pleased with the progress of a particular community where so many of the families are putting into practice the conservation farming techniques they’ve been exposed to. A shining example is Zacarías. Zacarías learned subsistence farming practices from his parents. As he married and became a father of seven, he continued working […]

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When in Doubt, Try it Out!

April 1, 2022

Doing a comparison of traditional farming practices versus Conservation Agriculture on his own land has convinced Elijah that Conservation Agriculture is the real deal. Elijah, a single farmer in his early twenties, is a member of a farmer’s association. He says that, before he was trained on good agronomic practices, he farmed without any knowledge […]

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Beyond Traditional Farming

March 1, 2022

José, 24, will tell you that the old saying, “First impressions are lasting impressions,” is untrue, at least in his case. The first meeting he attended with local partner ACJ about sustainable farming seemed like a waste of time, and he walked out. “I thought there was nothing important to learn,” he recalls with a […]

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Farmers Groups Learn from Each Other

Klatswer is a hard-working farmer whose 14-member family depends entirely on his farm for food and income. The vegetables and grains he cultivated didn’t meet their needs because he didn’t have the know-how or the financial means to expand his operations. That was before he got involved with local partner NEICORD. This final year of […]

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