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.
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:
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.
FRB’s Land Rights and Food Security program, in Sengerema, Tanzania, aims to protect farmers from outside land acquisition by training them on securing titles to their land, and educating them on improved agricultural practices to increase their productivity.
“I’m honored to work with FRB and I’m so proud that the John Deere Foundation has partnered with them, as well. It’s a great combination of skills to make lasting changes in the world.” - Arlyn Schipper, Conrad, Iowa
Arlyn Schipper is not only a valued customer of John Deere, but he’s also doing his part to help provide solutions for world hunger. And he’s doing so through a relationship with an organization called the Foods Resource Bank.