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Intercropping Corn & Beans Boosts Soil Fertility in Laos

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Trials by farmers in the northern green highlands of FRB’s Laos-Xieng Khouang program have shown that planting beans in between rows of corn plants is improving the soil and increasing yields.

An increasing population, not enough land, and deteriorating soil fertility have all contributed to local farmers’ worry, “How long will my family be able to survive off this land?” They’ve got clear evidence that beans replace the nitrogen used by corn. By intercropping beans and corn and increasing the overall organic matter in the soil, they’re improving their depleted soils and seeing higher corn yields. 

03/06/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Conservation Farming and Rabbits Improve Nutrition and Income in Kenya

Dominique, a participant farmer in FRB’s Kenya-Ndeiya program, is gradually turning over his conventional 3-acre piece of land to conservation agriculture (CA). He’s become a role model for other farmers in the using CA, or Farming God’s Way (FGW), as it’s also known. Zero tillage plus mulch retains moisture; crop rotation helps to prevent diseases; organic fertilizer renews the soil and saves money; and inter-cropping wards off insects.

02/20/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Sharing the Gift of Improved Rice Yields in Cambodia

Farmers in Cambodia celebrate their rice harvest in December. This year, a farmer named Dia has much to be thankful for. Despite a tenuous year for rice farmers, along with drought after the initial rains began, Dia was able to harvest a good crop using the System of Rice Intensification (SRI). Dia is a member of one of the twelve Farmer Field Schools started by World Renew in the Cambodia-South Program with funding from Foods Resource Bank (FRB).

Dia has learned SRI and many other farming techniques through the Farmer Field School in his village, and he has put many of them into practice. Dia said, “Before,I just wandered around visiting people and didn't really put any effort into my farming. Now that I've learned these new methods from the Farmer Field School, I have been much more successful and motivated to try new things.”

02/13/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Program-to-Program Visits in India are Eye-Opening and Inspirational

You just never know what might happen when two or more people from different cultures get together, but from my experience the results are always surprisingly great! This past summer FRB invited two women from the India Banka program to visit the US. Unfortunately, one of our invited guests, Suggamuni Kisku, a small-holder farmer, was unable to come. To honor the lengths that Suggamuni and local partner PRADAN went through to try and get her to the US, we invited her to join us on a program to program visit to the India-Partharkhmah program in the chilly Northeast of India.

02/11/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Courage to try New Learning in India Brings Transformation

His father left the family when Bipro Diya was only seven. Bipro’s mother raised him and his three brothers on the meager produce of their one acre of land. Farming was their main source of food and income, but it was far too little for Bipro’s family; they lived with food insecurity six to eight months a year. The family survived by working as day labourers so they could at least purchase rice from the market. In 2009 Bipro joined ‘Umsaw Green Field,’ a farmers’ club formed by the Patharkhmah Food Security Project (supported by FRB and World Renew).

02/06/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Learning from an Overseas Visitor

I had the pleasure of attending a recent growing project harvest celebration with a representative of one of our programs in Malawi. Nancy Kimani Hinga, program consultant for CRWRC/World Renew, is in North America now on a deputation visit. She’s a deeply spiritual, friendly and gracious person, and an excellent speaker. She reported to attendees on the impact FRB’s Malawi-Nkhoma program has had on the women who participate in it. 

09/27/2012 | Comments: 1 | Add Comment | Read More