Posts in World Renew

In Nicaragua, positive change really happens in program communities

“Do you see change taking place in your work?” People often ask me,  as Country Consultant of World Renew (WR) programming in Nicaragua, I recently joined an FRB/WR team that evaluated the Nicaragua-Farmer program in the households “have access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food during the entire year.” We saw evidence of much positive change among participants, for whom the program’s goal is to ensure that allcentral mountain region of the country.

06/05/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Flooding Hits FRB's Mozambique- Tete Mutarara Program Again

For the second time since 2010, farmers participating in FRB’s Mozambique Tete-Mutarara food security project being implemented by World Renew’s partner IRM-RDD have been hit by major floods, resulting in enormous losses and destroying livelihoods. In January and February 2013, rainfall increased to the point that the Zambezi and Shire rivers swelled, their waters submerging farmland and homes. Transportation was also hampered along the Tete-Madamba-Mutarara road, and even railway lines were temporarily obstructed, disrupting the flow of people and goods and causing more hardship in the area.

05/17/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Promoting land rights and conflict resolution in Tanzania

To educate farmers about land rights and land conflict resolution, FRB’s Tanzania - Sengerema program has produced two training manuals in Swahili on the topics. Land rights and legal title to land are critical to food security: 75% of the population of 650,000 in Sengerema District alone depends on agriculture as the primary source of income and food.

05/09/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Individual stories of transformation in Uganda

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FRB’s Uganda-West Nile program with 1250 individuals from 250 households in 10 communities, uses Farmer Field Schools (FFS) and Village Savings and Loan groups (VSLs) to help and inspire community members grow enough food for their families, earn incomes, create small businesses, get all their children into school, and envision a better future. Here are some of their stories...

03/28/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Farmers support community orphans in Mozambique

As food supplies in FRB’s Mozambique-Tete-Mutarara communities improve using the conservation farming methods offered in the program’s trainings, there is more food available for orphaned children. Orphans and orphan-headed households are among those who receive training and encouragement in this community-wide food security program. Because it requires less time to prepare and plant fields using sustainable techniques like planting in holes and conserving moisture by mulching, children who are otherwise required to help in the fields are able to attend school and even have time to play.

03/27/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

As a Volunteer Ag Worker in Zambia, Amon is a Role Model to Others

“Lead by example” is the phrase which Amon keeps repeating to fellow volunteers who are dedicating part of their time to help their communities reliably grow more food. Amon, 42, is married with 4 children and takes care of his elderly mother. He is also a dedicated Agriculture Volunteer Worker (AVW) in FRB’s Zambia Eastern Program.

Amon was identified by his community to be trained as an AVW because

03/20/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

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