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Mr. Swol Now Farms For Himself

Foods Resource Bank’s India Patharkhmah program #9006
Led by Christian Reformed World Relief Committee with local partner, NEICORD

With hard work and a will to learn and get ahead, Mr. Swol has gone from being a hired hand to farming for himself to provide for his family. He lives with his wife and four children in a remote area of northern India characterized by steep mountain slopes and narrow valleys.

05/08/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Recipe of the Month: Kimchi (North Korean Staple)

Kimchi is a staple of Korean life and many people include it in their meals three times a day. You can eat it by itself, or use it in so many different Korean recipes. When Koreans make kimchi, they make an effort to make the best kimchi possible and include many different kinds of ingredients depending on the region where they live.

Today we will show how to make traditional easy kimchi.  Since kimchi does not use exact measurements, just try to follow the recipe step by step.  And remember, kimchi uses ingredients depending on the region, so if you don’t like an ingredient (such as squid) change it to something you do like, or leave it out altogether.  

05/07/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Honduran Youth Advocate for the Environment

Young people are active in FRB’s Nueva Frontera program in Honduras, knowing that protecting their environment protects their future. Their mountainous, forested country has suffered from years of mismanagement of natural resources and is considered to be the most vulnerable in the world to disasters such as floods, landslides, droughts, and forest fires, putting human life and economic resources at risk.

04/26/2012 | Comments: 1 | Add Comment | Read More

A Great Year for Peanuts in the Congo!

Foods Resource Bank’s Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Micro Devru program
Led by Presbyterian Church (USA) - Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and local partner SANRU

This program has been supported by FRB's Community Growing Projects. For more information or to support this program or others like it, please visit the Overseas Program page on our website

Celebrate with the peanut producers of FRB’s Micro Devru program! Like farmers the world over, program participants depend on a variety of conditions beyond their control. Often the weather is fickle, yet sometimes it cooperates perfectly. The 2011 rains were steady and abundant, resulting in one of the best peanut harvests in years. Enjoy these pictures from the program, of families who’ve been able to get ahead this year. Photos courtesy of Micro Devru staff.

04/26/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Rice Yields in Cambodia Are Long-Term Results From Early Support

Foods Resource Bank’s Cambodia South program

Led by Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
and local partner Churches for Community Transformation Used with permission.
Photos courtesy of Cambodia South program.

We recently received this story from Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) and Churches for Community Transformation, with this note: “Often an outside funding push starts something moving, and that something gradually gathers momentum. The success of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in small Cambodian villages arose from the first FRB grant to CRWRC in Cambodia. The support permitted us to start trials and training with SRI .”

04/26/2012 | Comments: 1 | Add Comment | Read More

Heart of the Hill - April 2012


Sunday April 15th – Thursday April 19th I co-led the Heart of the Hill Trip.  Marv and I traveled with two volunteers from O’Fallon Missouri – Christine Bimslager and Maureen Avenenevoli.  They are apart of a growing project that has an urban church in O’Fallon and a rural church and farmer in Bucyrus Kansas. 

04/24/2012 | Comments: 1 | Add Comment | Read More

From Hardship to Hope and Joy in Armenia

Foods Resource Bank’s Armenia FHSLD program

Led by United Methodist Committee on Relief and local partner UMCOR NGO Unit in Armenia

04/23/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Food Security Program a Model for Other Agencies in Serbia

Foods Resource Bank’s Serbia Smederevo program #9010

Led by Church World Service and local partner Smederevo Red Cross

04/19/2012 | Comments: 1 | Add Comment | Read More

Harness the wind, cut world hunger

Harness the wind, cut world hunger

By Raylene Nickel,

In rural Mozambique, cattle are a stepping stone to providing food security and stable income. But resources for establishing grazing clusters are scarce.

That’s where the Foods Resource Bank (FRB) and volunteers like Matt and Joy Kauffman of Tiskilwa, Illinois, play a role.

The FRB, based in Western Springs, Illinois, uses funds raised by volunteers to help fund self-help programs in more than 30 countries, including Mozambique.

04/18/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

The Fruits of One Man’s Labor

Foods Resource Bank’s Palestine Westbank 2 program #1101 Led by Mennonite Central Committee

For Mohammad, a farmer in the West Bank, the only access to his land is by a steep overland climb through nearby valleys. He knew that any land that lies uncultivated for a certain period of time can be declared state land so, as soon as he was able to cross the rocky hillside, he began cultivating it intensively.

04/18/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More