Posts in Africa

Christmas Greetings from FRB's DRC-Micro Devru Program

Christmas Greetings from FRB's Democratic Republic of Congo-Micro Devru program

Bien Chers Partenaires de FRB,

Chers Frères dans le Seigneur, nous du projet ACDI/Lusekele  avons le plaisir de vous présenter nos meilleurs vœux pour les fêtes de Noel 2013 de nouvelle année  2014 Que le bon Dieu par sa grâce a Jésus-Christ vous accorde la force au travail et une longue vie. Nous  profitons de cette occasion pour vous exprimer notre reconnaissance pour le soutien financier que vous apportez a L’ACDI Lusekele sans le quel beaucoup de personnes  dans notre aire  d’actions ne trouverez pas assez a manger et leur situation serait pire.

12/23/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

3rd LWR Gender Integration Program Launched in Uganda

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In the Busoga region of Uganda, FRB and its member organization Lutheran World Relief (LWR) are partnering with NAMUBUKA Grains Area Cooperative Enterprise (ACE) to help increase the income of 1,500 smallholder farmers. FRB's Uganda-Busoga program is one of three pilot programs in LWR’s cross-regional, gender-integrated food security and agriculture initiative, the Learning for Gender Integration (LGI) initiative.

12/11/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

The Crisis in the Central African Republic

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Today we ask you to hold up the people of the Central African Republic as they struggle with continuing disintegration of their country. A coup d'etat in March has disabled the government and violence between Christians and Muslims has increased. You can read more about the crisis in the CAR HERE in this special report from IRIN.

Foods Resource Bank supports the work of the Central African Republic-Gamboula program.

12/09/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

In Uganda, Prosy moves from disability to ability

Looking back at her life before skills training, Prosy, a 23-year-old woman with a disability in her left leg, wonders where she would be if not for the food security, livelihood and entrepreneurship skills training she’s received from FRB’s Uganda-Kireka Lweza program at the Lweza Rehabilitation Center for disabled youth.

Rehabilitation Center students are disproving the widespread Ugandan belief that people with disabilities are unable to care for themselves or contribute to their communities. These students are now earning incomes, growing their own food, selling or bartering their extra production, starting small business, training others and working as consultants.

12/06/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Four Malawian Farmers Share Their Success Stories

FRB’s Malawi-Chingale program offers extension services and training for crop production, crop diversification, small-scale irrigation, land resource management, and livestock restocking to a community devastated by the 2006 food crisis and high rates of HIV/AIDS. Participants learn appropriate farming practices, and receive further instruction on the environment, health, child nutrition, HIV/AIDS education, community-based child care, and adult literacy.

Here, four farmers tell how the program has helped them improve their lives

11/25/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Jackfruit in the Central African Republic

In the large and underdeveloped country of the Central African Republic, access to information is rare and that is why FRB's Central African Republic-Gamboula Program is trialing new varieties of staple crops, vegetables, beans, fruits in order to determine their suitability to local conditions. They introduce successful varieties to communities via farmer cooperatives and train farmers in sustainable farming techniques via farmer-to-farmer extension.

Thanks to the tropical climate and dense forests, a large focus of the Gamboula program is native fruit tree cultivation. This includes many exotic varieties of fruit not commonly seen in North America. On such fruit is called the jackfruit...

11/18/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Planting Pineapples, Harvesting Hope

Check out the video below by World Hope International!

FRB's Sierra Leone - West program works with smallholder farmers who live in the area of a former Internal Displaced Person's camp during the 1991-2002 civil war. Through the cultivation of pineapple, farmers are integrated into the supply chains of export-oriented processing companies.

11/15/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Closing the gender gap in agriculture through training in Uganda

One of the focuses of the FRB’s Uganda-West Nile program is equal gender involvement in agricultural production. In Uganda, the perception of farm work as women’s work is slowly changing through trainings. In fact, men like Bran are now helping their wives in the field!

Mariam and Bran have nine children. Mariam is a member of one of the programs Farmer Field Schools (FFS), and she always shares her knowledge with her family. As Bran explains it, “I was changed by the training on equal gender involvement in agriculture.

11/04/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Entrepreneurship + Opportunity = Success for Abraham in Sierra Leone

Before becoming a Private Service Provider (PSP), Abraham, now with FRB's Sierra Leone-Koinadugu program, was unemployed and did not have enough money to pay for his school fees. When he went home to visit his family on holiday, he heard of a CRS program training individuals to become experts in Savings and Internal Lending Communities(SILC) methodology. Immediately, Abraham recognized this as a great opportunity and enrolled himself in the training program. Four years later, he is a stand-out among his PSP peers and is recognized as CRS’s most successful PSP to date,as evidenced by his new motorbike.

09/27/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

A message from FRB's West Africa 1 Program

Thank you to World Renew and local partner, Showing Everyone Love, for their wonderful series of video's on the West Africa 1 program. In a very challenging context where security is a issue, this program is working to improve production of, access to, and use of food in 55 villages, through training on tree preservation and reforestation, improved cooking stoves, gardening and nutrition, the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method for planting rice, micro credit funds, raising chickens and health and hygiene.

09/25/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More