Foods Resource Bank Blog

In Nicaragua, communities and visitors build bread ovens together

Several travelers – FRB board members and staff, university students, and growing project participants – recently traveled to Nicaragua to live and work with participants in FRB’s Nicaragua-Farmer program. The visitors, side by side with community members, built fuel-efficient bread ovens. They carried bricks and water significant distances to the worksites, plunged their hands into a mixture of local materials (different types of soil, horse manure, glue from inside the bark of the guásimo [WA see mo] tree), and helped to complete four brick ovens with the local families.

07/10/2013 | 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

Reducing child malnutrition in Peru

By engaging mothers in workshops on nutrition, hygiene and home gardening, the communities involved in FRB’s Peru-Chota program are seeing a reduction in child malnutrition. The 450 children are consuming 50% more calories per day over the last 3 years because their families have been able to diversify and improve the quantity and quality of the food they grow and eat. Also, since they are drinking clean water and washing their hands, children are less likely to be sickened by intestinal parasites. Their bodies can take better advantage of the nutrition now available to them.

07/03/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Fayza finds opportunities to increase household income in Jordan

Fayza is capitalizing on the agricultural training she receives in FRB’s Jordan-Greigra program to bring more income to her household. In this arid land, participants in the program receive training on expanding agricultural land and improving farm productivity with irrigation from new reservoirs and water catchment systems.

07/01/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

In West Africa, health & hygiene training … and a chubby baby!

I was completely amazed by the chubby baby in the arms of his mother, who sat across from me at the meeting. I don't think I've ever seen such a healthy looking baby in a village in this region before. What was this woman’s secret to having such a healthy baby, while so many are malnourished?

The baby’s mother, Esther, a participant in FRB’s West Africa 1 program, explained. "In the training I received on health I learned the importance of only giving breast milk for the first six months of a baby's life." The elders in Esther’s village had told young women that their first milk wasn't good, that they needed to throw it out and instead give their newborns water, or pass them to another woman to nurse. "Now we learned that the first milk is so important to give to our babies – that is what helps them grow strong!"

06/28/2013 | 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

Para-vets save district cattle in Mozambique

Newsletter: 

Well-trained village para-veterinarians recently staved off a serious outbreak of the disease known as rickettsiosis in the Mozambican province where FRB’s “Cattle Cluster” program is located. The project manager received a government alert and got the message to the para-vets in the seventeen clusters in the affected districts. They immediately treated the cattle to stem the spread of the disease. Such quick action prevented deaths and improved reproduction rates among the program’s cattle.

In Mozambique, cattle is an important safety net against hunger when crops fail.

06/24/2013 | 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

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