In Congo, Even the Poor Can Earn Income


Mama Ilunga shares how even the poor can earn income and have a healthy life thanks to the Democratic Republic of Congo-Katanga Kamina program.

FRB’s food security program in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) works within the communities of Kamina to reduce high levels of malnourishment, poverty and disease, especially among women and children. This holistic program focuses on training in agriculture best practices for the local environment; sanitation, hygiene and sources of clean water to reduce waterborne illness; and income generation from agriculture. Fast-growing Moringa trees, whose leaves, flowers, seeds and roots are all edible, are a new source of nutrition for the community. Farmer groups prepare fields and plant peanuts, soybeans, field beans and corn together, and sell their excess produce for income. One of the participants, Maman Ilunga, shares her experience and insights:

03/05/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

A Gift of Cassava Keeps on Giving in the Central African Republic

A gift of disease-resistant cassava (manioc) from a program-to-program visit is bringing greater food security to participants and neighbors in FRB’s CAR-Gamboula program.

When the program’s director, Benoît, traveled with FRB to Uganda in 2010 to exchange knowledge and practices with program participants from around East Africa, his Zambian roommate offered him a 2-foot section of a cassava cutting from a plant which was said to be resistant to cassava mosaic virus (CMV). Cassava is a staple food in the Central African Republic, so when local varieties were attacked by CMV, widespread hunger followed. Benoît knew that a CMV-resistant variety would be a godsend.

02/28/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Mozambican Farmers Motivated by FRB Visitor from Kenya

It is well known that farmers absorb a lot of knowledge from each other during crosslearning events such as exchange visits, farmer field days, presentations and demonstrations.  It was not surprising, therefore, that when five FRB visitors from Kenya and the United States came to Mozambique to the Tete-Mutarara program in August 2012, ideas were flowing!

12/12/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

West African Ground Nut Stew


Widely cultivated across the African continent, ground nuts (peanuts) are an important crop. Because they are a leguminous crop, ground nuts contribute to soil fertility by fixing nitrogen and because they are high in protein, ground nuts also contribute to the nutritional state of communities. Many FRB supported programs train farmers on the cultivation and nutrition of ground nuts. Inspired by a recent FRB trip to visit programs in Malawi, Zambia, and Mozambique. FRB volunteer Judi Frost shares this recipe for groundnut stew. 

11/30/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Farming as a Family in Uganda


In an earlier post we introduced the gender integration pilot program that we are undertaking with Lutheran World Relief.  The first pilot program to launch is in Uganda and will be working in the eastern part of the country with a newly formed grower’s society that works with 11 co-operatives. The pilot program will work with two of these cooperatives to help improve farm production, marketing and to introduce a model called “Farming as a Family Business”.

11/26/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Highlights and Lessons Learned on an FRB Trip

There are so many highlights and lessons learned in an FRB trip but here are a few from my recent experience in Africa and Armenia:

11/08/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Nyama Choma Recipe

Nyama choma, or fire-roasted beef, is very popular and goes well with ugali and a good Kenyan beer.


07/09/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More
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