A group of faith leaders from across Canada travelled to Kenya in July to explore how Conservation Agriculture (CA) is supporting small-scale farmers in the developing world.
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Agricultural development and the advancement of women: The importance of empowering women through agricultural investment
Low-tech, cooperative approaches support smallholder farmers (p. 29): How low-tech solutions for irrigation and food storage can create long-term change
How agricultural research reduces poverty: Investment in agricultural could help Canada achieve its foreign aid goals
Conservation agriculture, a game-changer for Jane: An example of how conservation agriculture is changing lives
Pulling together: How Canadians can support farmers to end hunger
Hidden reserves of living water: Using sand dams to gain access to clean water, hope, and a better harvest
Small-scale farming, peace and security: The importance of hope and opportunity in enabling peace
Josiah Neufeld is a Winnipeg-based independent journalist who travelled to Bangladesh through Canadian Foodgrains Bank in December, 2015 to research the effects of climate change.
Click on each title below to read about his learnings:
Hell and high water – United Church Observer – April issue
How climate change threatens farmers in Bangladesh – Canadian Mennonite – April 21
Farmers are saving Bangladesh’s endangered soil – Anglican Journal – May 26
Farmers in Bangladesh struggle to protect threatened soil – Manitoba Co-operator – June 9
Manitoba Co-operator editor Laura Rance was on secondment to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank in early 2015 to write about agriculture and development in Africa. She traveled to Ethiopia, Malawi and Zambia, listening to people’s stories and exploring the vital role agriculture plays in the lives of millions.
Laura was named the winner of the first IFAJ-FAO Award for Excellence in Global Food Security Reporting for her article “Africa’s hunger games“, which was published in the Winnipeg (Canada) Free Press on April 11, 2015. Laura’s articles continue to spread awareness and inspire change in support of ending global hunger.
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Delivering the water of life: cash crops often replace food crops in farming. (Ethiopia)
Dropping the hoe and doubling the yield: minimum tillage makes for dramatic improvements for this family in Malawi.
An oxen-powered ripper: less work, and less soil disturbance. (Zambia)
Grow less maize and produce more food: boosting yield allows seeding less maize as ‘insurance’, and adding more profitable and nutritious crops to the rotation. (Malawi)
Increasing food security and nutrition: More families are eating better food more often. (Zambia)
Irrigation project means year-round food and more: A Canadian government-supported project has led to impressive gains in yields, and in health of the local population. (Ethiopia)
They brought in ploughs? (Ethiopia)
Making life a little less hard for women: When communities started talking, they discovered all would be better off if harmful traditions were abandoned. (Ethiopia)
Moving from famine relief to relief from famine: Ethiopia has made solid gains thanks to a co-ordinated attack on the root causes of hunger.
Mulch, mice and the man problem: Woman are interested in producing food while men are more interested in growing cash crops using conventional methods. (Malawi)
Project shows link between healthy soils and healthy people: A unique project is improving nutrition and incomes through better farming practices. (Ethiopia)
The solution is in the soil (Feature)
Where worlds collide (Feature)