Foods Resource Bank Blog

Co-ops Strengthen Communities in Haiti

A recent internal evaluation of FRB’s Haiti-Northwest program shows that its community cooperatives are helping their members make significant improvements in their lives and livelihoods.

In an area of the country with little government presence, farmer-run cooperatives in the Northwest and Artibonite departments of Haiti help their male and female members to build more resilient households,livelihoods and communities. The program especially focuses on women in their entrepreneurial efforts so that they have greater access to credit, training, and leadership formation opportunities.

09/26/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Heath and Nutrition in Democratic Republic of Congo

In this video, Margot Bokanga, DRC Program Manager for UMCOR, explains how the Foods Resource Bank Democratic Republic of Congo- Katanga Kamina program is addressing health and nutritional needs and spells out how a potential issue could be turned into a great strength for these communities.

09/23/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Update on Ebola in West Africa

Several countries in West African have been fighting an Ebola outbreak for the past several months and the disease continues to spread.  There are now 6 countries in the region where the disease has been found – Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Senegal.  

One of the countries hardest hit is Sierra Leone where we have two FRB programs

09/19/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Good News! but our work is far from done

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Thank you for your dedicated work to help end hunger around the world. 

A new report from the Food and Agriculture Association of the United Nations (FAO) recently tallied the number of hungry people at 805 million! This is an improvement from 842 million reported a few years ago!

09/17/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Despite drought & severe food shortages, FRB programs are alleviating the need to migrate

By Laurie Kaniarz, FRB Staff

If you are a Foods Resource Bank (FRB) volunteer, supporter, friend, or staff, you are part of a grassroots movement that is helping people resist migration to cities or other countries to look for work to sustain their families back home. Our focus on agricultural development for small-holder farmers helps them find and practice real solutions to challenges like

09/15/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Hearing the Cry, Taking the Road Less Traveled

Bob Sefrit is part of the Fairfax MO Growing Project. He was invited to give a testimony at the 2014 Annual Gathering in August. Below are the words he shared about his involvement in FRB

My involvement with FRB began in 2007 when 12 members of our Fairfax United Methodist men stepped forward and said they would support a Foods Resource  Bank Project.  I volunteered 10 acres along Hwy 46 East of Fairfax.  We planned to keep the project small so that we could control it.  God had other plans

09/08/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

2014 Tour de Farms is a Grand Success!

On Sunday August 31, 150 bikers of all ages participated in the first FRB Tour de Farms hosted by the Western Springs/Mazon Growing Project. Biking about 12 miles total, participants toured the fields and farms of several Mazon farmers

09/02/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Palestine-Gaza Conflict & Flooding Update

Newsletter: 

The recent conflict in Gaza, which started on July 8, 2014, comes shortly after major flooding in the region this winter.  The local partner and participants in FRB's Palestine-Gaza program have been focusing on how best to manage these immediate threats to livelihoods while still trying to maintain a development focus.  

On February 2nd 2014, FRB granted an additional request for funding which allowed participants to rebuild rabbit shelters and replace livestock that were lost or destroyed in the severe floods.

08/29/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Encouragement and Support see Farmers in Colombia Through Challenges

Despite many challenges in the last year, including aerial fumigation by high-altitude government planes that did not discriminate between coca and other crops, FRB’s Colombia-Chocó program continues to support smallholder farmers in growing cacao (cocoa) and other crops for home consumption and income. The local partner and participant farmers work at establishing socioeconomic stability, productive development, employment generation, and improving the quality of life for economically marginalized and socially vulnerable families through sustainable agriculture development and local governance activities. A recent report from the local partner states:

08/20/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

In India, New Technologies Help Farmers Take Better Advantage of their Land

Thanks to new farming technologies that make better use of their hilly land in the mountainous tribal area in the country's northeast, farmers like Mr. Omoilo and Mrs. Dibi who participate in FRB’s India-Patharkhmah program are harvesting more food for home consumption and income.

08/18/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More