Valerie Busch

Valerie Busch

Valerie is a development professional based in Toronto, Ontario.

Improving Lives through Cooperative Chicken Farming

An American NGO called Love A Child places a priority on agriculture in Haiti and has recently celebrated the opening of a new project in Fond Parisien. Poul Mirak offers locals in the community of Fond Parisien an opportunity to buy fresh, protein-rich food for their families, through raising and selling layers for eggs and broilers for meat.

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From Food Desert to Food Forest in South Central L.A.

Ron Finley lives in South Central Los Angeles, a place he says is a food desert, where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.” He founded L.A. Green Grounds, a grassroots volunteer group that brings people together to turn residential front lawns and vacant spaces into edible gardens that can be shared with the neighbourhood.

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Fish Farming Helps HIV-Affected Families in Liberia

Getting proper nutrition is very important for people with HIV, especially those who are taking anti-retroviral drugs. The drugs are very toxic and when patients don’t get enough to eat, they can become quite ill. The Grow2Feed Farm is the first cooperative fish farm in Liberia that focuses on serving the HIV-positive community. In one year, the farm can provide up to 200,000 fish to a community of about 1,200 people, most of whom are HIV-positive.

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Chicken Production Takes Flight in Haiti

International Sustainable Community Assistance (ISCA) has been working on a pilot poultry production project in Haiti. Working with a local organization called Productive Cooperatives Haiti (PCH), they have provided initial start-up resources to local farmers in a community called Zoranger, and helped them to begin producing poultry for market.

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Volunteer Farmer Trainers Transform Lives in East Africa

Agriculture is a major source of employment in developing countries, but farmers in those countries often must contend with the challenge of accessing the education they need to improve their livelihoods. The East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) project aims to address this problem by introducing volunteer farmer trainers (VFTs) in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda.

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The Cooperative Model Builds Capacity and Community in Haiti

Since 2010, more than 1,300 cooperative farmers in southwest Haiti have been defining what participatory development means, and are transforming their community on their own terms. With support from Crossroads (CCCI) and Productive Cooperatives Haiti (PCH), Coopérative des Planteurs de Gorgette was established in the community of Duchity four years ago.

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Improving African Food Security with the Irish Potato

Although potatoes are an important crop in Ireland, they have historically not been widely cultivated in Africa, and have often not been included in food security discussions. However, the potato provides high nutrition and is adaptive to many climates. The Potato Centre of Excellence is dedicated to developing, sharing, and scaling best practices to maximize the potential benefit that potatoes can have for rural farming communities across Africa.

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An Urban Jungle Yields Fruit in Haiti

In many developing countries, agricultural production is a major source of both employment and sustenance. In a country with poor infrastructure such as Haiti, it is often difficult for urban populations to gain access to the fresh food produced outside of the city. One organization has decided to turn the issue on its head: why not grow the food right in the city instead of transporting it?

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