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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

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

Djibo's dreams come true in West Africa

A few years ago, Djibo and his family shared some of their dreams with a visitor. "I hope one day to have a cell phone and a motorcycle, and that our community group can do trickle irrigation," said Djibo. His wives added, "We hope our group can get a mill so we don't have to pound millet all day long." 

Since then, some of these dreams have become reality. Djibo bought a cell phone, which can mean the difference between safety and danger in remote communities, and helps him stay abreast of market pricing and more. Last January, Djibo’s community put in a solar-powered trickle irrigation system. They've begun planting vegetables, including onions and tomatoes, using this new system.

07/22/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

In Uganda, program farmers are well on their way to food security

One farmer’s story

Emmanuel, 47, is now closer to food security for his family thanks to context appropriate ag training and a loan of plant materials from the FRB-supported Uganda-Teso food security program. With the farming technologies he’s learned, he’s produced enough cassava and groundnuts to sell.

07/08/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Farming Gods Way

In Kenya, this time of year is known as “the hungry months.” It is the period of time from January through June that is often marked by families eating one meal (or no meals) a day as they try to make their food supplies last until the next crop can be harvested. For Dominique and his wife in Ndeiya, Kenya, the hungry months had been a way of life for many years, but not anymore.

06/26/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

EthnoArts in Laos

One of FRB's members, World Renew/CRWRC, shared this video with us. While it does not direcly feature participants of the Laos-Xieng Khouang Program, staff from that program did participate in the workshop and their learning will impact the communities in Xieng Khouang. Mark Fennema, a World Renew staff member in Laos, shared more information on the video:

06/21/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

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

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