The FRB/LWR Nicaragua-Pancasán pilot program seeks to reduce the gender gap evident in the practices of a local farmer cooperative by including as many women as possible in the co-op’s services. Gender inequality has a profound effect on food security. When women have less access to land and capital for farming activities, they are less involved in economically productive activities, and earn much less than men. When both women and men have access to resources they can grow more food and generate more income for their families.
Chandiru, a single mother of three, is a member of a Farmer Field School (FFS) in FRB’s Uganda-West Nile program. The schools train farmers on sustainable farming technologies and other subjects related to food security, including sanitation and nutrition.
In communities such as Chandiru’s, many households do not have toilets or other sanitary facilities, exposing the communities to health risks such as cholera, diarrhea, and infections. Chandiru said that, before she joined the group, issues of sanitation and hygiene were not important to her, but now that’s all changed through the trainings she’s received.
FRB’s Nepal-Bhatigachcha program responds to the widespread malnutrition and seasonal hunger among marginalized, landless residents in Bhatigachha. Though the area is the most fertile in the country, residents typically do not own land, and resort to day labor for their subsistence. The program supports access to leased land for farmers' and mothers' groups so they can farm vegetables for home consumption and income to help themselves out of the cycle of poverty. Here is one farmer’s story:
In FRB’s West Africa 1 program, volunteer “indigenous animators” are 15 program participants who have taken on a larger role in making sure that training -- on appropriate farming techniques and village savings and loan practices -- actually takes hold among their peers. Over time, as the number of West Africa 1 participants has grown, the trained animators have taken on more of a leadership role.
FRB’s Nicaragua-Mateare program addresses food security issues in one of Latin America’s most food-insecure countries by training farmers in sustainable agriculture practices, and making sure that mothers with children ages 5 and under understand basic health practices, the importance of a balanced diet, and safe food preparation.
This integrated approach – growing enough food and ensuring that it is used to its best advantage for the health and wellbeing of all family members – is key to the success of the program. In Nicaragua, 1.2 million people are affected by hunger, environmental deterioration, chronic poverty, lack of potable water and insufficient food.
Goshen College students Jared Zook and Elizabeth Derstine won top prize in a video contest from Everence. Part if the shared prize goes to Foods Resource Bank
Thousands of online voters selected Jared Zook’s video “I Am a Penny” as the winning production in the Everence Money Talks video contest.
Zook of Goshen, Ind. will receive a $1,000 cash prize for winning the contest
Yesterday (Thursday Jan 23) FRB's president and CEO Marv Baldwin was interviewed by Jerome McDonnell on Chicago Public Radio as part of thier Global Activisim Series.
In the high plains of the Andes Mountains, a dozen indigenous communities participating in FRB’s Bolivia-Potosí program are enjoying better health, eating nutritious, varied food and drinking clean water, thanks to their successes in vegetable production. Ninety percent of families have established vegetable gardens, and 70% of these families have boosted their incomes by 70%. Advertising that promoted the communities’ organic onions and lettuce in the nearest city led to an increase in sales.
The 12 communities have received training in appropriate farming, irrigation methods and marketing, and program follow-up in the areas of nutrition, hygiene, and preventive health.
Moussa, a participant in FRB’s West Africa 1 program, is a busy man. He is a farmer who, before he became involved with the program, didn’t own any animals. Now his family’s compound is full of goats, sheep, chickens and pigeons. As an “indigenous animator” who encourages people to take charge of their own lives and livelihoods, he is a leader in his own community development group. He also regularly visits several other groups to help them keep on track for what they’ve planned to accomplish each year.
Moussa is an advisor to the mayor’s office, a savvy businessman, investor and entrepreneur who, thanks to a microcredit loan from the program, bought a camera and video camera and is now a village wedding photographer!
“Whenever there are any ceremonies in the nearby towns, people call me and I film and photograph their events,