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In Tanzania, more profitable cassava through value-added processing

A farmer group in FRB’s Tanzania-Sengerema program is processing freshly-harvested cassava (a starchy tuber) into clean, high-quality flour, and packaging it on-site. The 82-member group, including 44 women, is satisfying the high demand for the product at market, and bringing in good income.The group grows, harvests and peels the cassava, grates it and presses out the moisture using a machine designed and made by local entrepreneurs from the Sengerema Informal Sector Association (SISA), and picks out woody fibers as the grated cassava dries in the sun for two hours.

When the moisture content is below 10%, it is milled into flour with another SISA-made machine, and bagged. The finished product can be used immediately, or stored for up to a year. With SISA’s help, the group has obtained certification for labelling their packages, and can now sell its flour in commercial markets in nearby towns, which further increases profits.

04/07/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

From scarcity to surplus in Mozambique

Note: The Mozambican unit of exchange is the metical (plural meticais)  

One of the unique facets of FRB is that it allows time for programs to study unexpected results and challenges, learn from them, and share their findings with other programs and partners. FRB’s Tete-Mutarara program works with local farmers to improve their harvests so that nutritious food is available to them year-round. However, unusual and extreme weather patterns can cause emergency situations that alter well-laid plans. 

After flooding in early 2013 destroyed much of the newly planted crop, the program provided over 21 metric tons of improved seeds to the disaster survivors.

03/28/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

In Guatemala, Lucía achieves great things

Foods Resource Bank’s Guatemala Four Departments program works through local indigenous partners of World Renew, an FRB member organization, in four geographic regions of the country. One of these, Asociación de Desarrollo Integral Polochic (ADIP), assists famers in remote Mayan communities in adopting sustainable agriculture practices to improve their production and crop diversification.

Lucía, an active participant in this program, recently shared her story:

03/26/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

In Kenya, Farmer Field School graduates work together on poultry production and water collection

FRB’s Kenya Ganze-Jaribuni program supports smallholder farmers in coastal Kenya by organizing them into Farmer Field Schools (FFS) to learn conservation agriculture methods, agroforestry and animal raising. In Jaribuni there are 306 farmers in eight FFSs. The following profile of one FFS shows how the farmers have continued to use their skills to

03/12/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

In Uganda, Chandiru’s training on hygiene and gardening brings her “new life”

Chandiru, a single mother of three, is a member of a Farmer Field School (FFS) in FRB’s Uganda-West Nile program. The schools train farmers on sustainable farming technologies and other subjects related to food security, including sanitation and nutrition.

In communities such as Chandiru’s, many households do not have toilets or other sanitary facilities, exposing the communities to health risks such as cholera, diarrhea, and infections. Chandiru said that, before she joined the group, issues of sanitation and hygiene were not important to her, but now that’s all changed through the trainings she’s received.

03/05/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

In West Africa, volunteer “animators” lead communities in learning

In FRB’s West Africa 1 program, volunteer “indigenous animators” are 15 program participants who have taken on a larger role in making sure that training -- on appropriate farming techniques and village savings and loan practices -- actually takes hold among their peers. Over time, as the number of West Africa 1 participants has grown, the trained animators have taken on more of a leadership role.

02/27/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Meet Moussa: West African farmer, trainer, wedding photographer, & reforestation advocate

Moussa, a participant in FRB’s West Africa 1 program, is a busy man. He is a farmer who, before he became involved with the program, didn’t own any animals. Now his family’s compound is full of goats, sheep, chickens and pigeons. As an “indigenous animator” who encourages people to take charge of their own lives and livelihoods, he is a leader in his own community development group. He also regularly visits several other groups to help them keep on track for what they’ve planned to accomplish each year.

Moussa is an advisor to the mayor’s office, a savvy businessman, investor and entrepreneur who, thanks to a microcredit loan from the program, bought a camera and video camera and is now a village wedding photographer!

“Whenever there are any ceremonies in the nearby towns, people call me and I film and photograph their events,

01/17/2014 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Ten years down the road, sustainable development continues in Laos

Community development takes many years of work before you start seeing its fruits. We sometimes become discouraged at the slow pace of change, especially when working in remote and challenging contexts. The continued success of villages like those in FRB's Laos Xieng Khouang program gives us hope that our approach works in the long run.

In the 80s, ZOA, a Dutch relief organization, began working with Laotian villagers who were returning to barren lands after the Vietnam war to rebuild their lives. ZOA’s focus was livelihoods.

12/27/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

In India, Shanti looks forward to improved yields and income

Shanti is a 36-year-old participant in FRB’s India-Patharkhmah program who lives and farms with her husband and son in a small village. They are a poor family, but as a result of their hard work they were able to buy an acre of land on which they cultivated rice.

In 2010 Shanti joined a farmers’ club in her village. She participated in as many club events as she could, including various trainings and exposure visits on kitchen gardens, Sloping Agriculture Land Technology (SALT)

12/02/2013 | 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