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Children of God

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In mid-December, as part of an expression of Week of Compassion’s partnership with Foods Resource Bank (FRB), I traveled to two very different states in India, Bihar and Meghalaya, to see some of the results of the food security programs we support through work with local on-the-ground partners and members of FRB’s ecumenical network.  From the sleepy mountain town of Shillong  to the chaotic bluster of Kolkata, India’s diverse people, landscapes, and cultures absorbed my attention, begged many questions, and gave me much to ponder, even weeks later.

01/14/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Young FRB Volunteers Give up Pizza for Tanzania

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Recently I was invited to dinner with the Vanden Bosch family, a family that in 2011 solicited help for a school project (see “Children Give Up Treat to Help Others in Need”). They followed that up in 2012 by giving up pizza for 6 weeks and documenting the amount they would have spent every time they thought about having pizza during that six weeks. 

01/11/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Addressing How Gender Affects Food Security

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FRB is partnering with Lutheran World Relief (LWR) on three new programs which are focusing on the impact of gender on food security. The following blog post was written by LWR on the new India-Jamuni program. 

Food security — or all the factors that provide for sufficient, safe and nutritious food — is an issue that is at the heart of LWR’s work around the world. Our work to improve agriculture among small farmers and provide clean water for consumption, or irrigation, is so that families around the world can have a greater amount of food security. With food security comes greater health, independence and economic well-being. Of the many factors that contribute to food security, there is one that we have been looking at recently that may come as a surprise: gender.

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

Co-op services help members get ahead in Haiti

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Members of farmer cooperatives in FRB’s Haiti-Northwest program spoke with recent FRB visitors about how much the program’s co-ops mean in their lives:

Delisia remembers breaking down in tears when her children were kicked out of school for non-payment of fees.  She felt she would have to choose between her children’s education and her livestock. It was a difficult situation. She had livestock, but they weren't ready for market and would fetch a low price if she was forced to sell them. The sale would cover school fees but she wouldn't have any money left over to purchase new animals for fattening.

01/03/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

The Popular Banquet

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In the spirit of Christmas and the approaching New Year, we would like to share a song from Juan Pablo Morales, the Program Coordinator for the Guatemala-Sibinal program supported by FRB and Mennonite Central Committee. Juan Pablo was an FRB overseas visitor this past summer and sang this song at the meeting. Here's a link to an MCC podcast that features Juan Pablo singing El Banquete Popular (The People's Banquet).

http://www.mcc.org/stories/podcasts/popular-banquet

12/26/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Exchanges Between Bolivian and Paraguayan Communities Teach and Inspire

“The most important thing is the opportunity to participate and to learn.” – Ana

Through exchange visits between Gran Chaco communities in Bolivia and Paraguay, participants get ideas and inspiration from others who face similar challenges as they work toward achieving food security.The Chaco region that crosses the borders of Bolivia and Paraguay is the second largest ecosystem in South America after the Amazon.

12/21/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Amaranth Porridge Recipe

Amaranth is a grain similar to wheat or maize. While the plant has grown as a native species in communities around the world for hundreds of years, it was only recently recognized as being valuable for those living in poverty. Many of FRB's programs are training farmers on the cultivation and nutritional uses of amaranth. These include the Nicaragua-Conquista and Nicaragua-Farmer programs. 

12/19/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Hope Through Water Harvesting in Palestine

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With a new cistern built with Palestine-Westbank 2 program support, Hisham, a farmer in the West Bank, will be able to plant 55 new grape vines, increasing his overall production of vegetables, fruit trees and grapes by five times. Because the new cistern was built in the dry summer months, it has yet to be filled by next winter’s rains. However, Hisham has already prepared it with a system of pipes to capture rainwater from the roof of his modest two-room dwelling. 

12/17/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment | Read More

Ramona's Story in the Dominican Republic

The gentle breeze rustled through the trees on Ramona’s porch in the Dominican Republic as I sat watching her bright eyes, animated voice and gesturing hands explain the preschool and adult literacy classes she leads “right here on this porch”.

12/14/2012 | 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
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