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Update on Mozambique Tete-Mutarara Program

Update on Mozambique Tete-Mutarara Program, JUNE 2013:

Disaster response measures by World Renew and local partner IRM-RDD did not require food-for-work, as people are still able to eat from the previous season's harvest and there was still time to re-plant for the winter season. The 47 tons of emergency seed aid provided by World Renew include maize, tomato, onion, cabbage, rape, okra and pumpkin seeds.

06/20/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Sirah saves money to start a small business in Sierra Leone

Sirah is one of the most respected farmers in her community today due to her hard work, ingenuity, and how she’s managed the money she’s saved through her SILC (Savings and Internal Lending Community) group. SILCs are supported by Foods Resource Bank’s Sierra Leone-Koinadugu program to enable and encourage farmers to save money for agricultural inputs and starting small businesses.

06/17/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

In Kenya, 10 self-help groups selected as leaders in their communities

To promote greater commitment to agricultural development among the Maasai participants in FRB’s Kenya-Ngong Najile program, ten of the program’s 39 established self-help groups were selected for special training to become “servant leaders” to the others. Their communities will benefit from the stewardship, good examples, knowledge, improved relationships, conflict resolution, and goal-reaching of these groups.

The program addresses food security for these once semi-nomadic, pastoralist people and encourages them to form inclusive groups across gender, age and political lines. The groups participate in trainings on

06/07/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

In Malawi, Self-help Group Members Set an Example for Others

A successful and socially conscious Savings and Internal Lending Community (SILC) in FRB’s Malawi-Kasungu-Mzimba program has used its emergency social fund to cheer the sick at a local hospital and health center.

All SILCs set aside a portion of the interest earned from loans for a “social fund” to cover members’ emergencies like illness, funerals, and calamities. This particular SILC had been fortunate enough not to have needed to use its fund, and the amount kept growing. Considering what to do with the money, the group decided to share the bounty at an area hospital and a health center with special donations.

05/22/2013 | 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

In Kenya, the lives of women, girls and communities improve with earth dams

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“Tukiwa na maji, tutakuwa kama ulaya” (“If we have water, we shall be like the developed countries”) – Kitui program participant

In the Kitui region of Kenya, community-built water ponds, closer to home, collect seasonal rains and free women and girls from the drudgery of searching for water, waiting for hours in queues to collect it, and carrying it home, all of which can take up to 120 hours a month. Even in the face of the 3-year drought affecting the area, these earth dams are full for about half the year.

04/26/2013 | 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

Student Micro-gardening Successes in The Gambia

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The GAMHORT Micro-gardening program focuses on nutrition and income generation for the poor in urban and peri-urban areas and communities in The Gambia. Program participants are schoolchildren, disabled persons, people living with HIV/AIDS, and underemployed youth and women. They grow a variety of vegetables on table tops, using a new soilless production technology called micro-gardening. They improve their health by consuming these vegetables, and sell excess produce to tourist hotels for income.

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