Growing Self-Sufficiency through Urban Agriculture in Toronto

A unique program in Toronto’s west end gives low-income and marginalized residents access to fresh food and gardening skills through a co-operative urban agriculture model. The Co-op Cred Program has improved food security and health, and also provides an opportunity for low-income workers in the Parkdale community to learn new skills.

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Social Farming: Transcending International Borders

  In rural areas of many developing countries, seniors and people with disabilities are often some of the most marginalized groups. The World Bank estimates that 20% of the world’s poorest people have a disability and are also regarded as the most disadvantaged people in their communities. Due to traditional prejudices and a lack of understanding, they often experience insufficient to …

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Mud Silos Protect Harvests in Ghana

An American NGO called Opportunities Industrialization Center International (OICI) is taking a centuries-old technique and putting a new twist on it to help Ghanaian farmers reduce post-harvest losses. The technique of building mud silos out of locally-available materials is already known in some parts of northern Ghana and was first introduced 300 years ago by traders from Burkina Faso.

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“Free Rice” Uses Trivia Games to Feed the Hungry

  This article celebrates World Food Day, 16 October, 2014.   World Food Day has been officially recognized by the United Nations every year since it was first conceived in 1945. It’s meant to celebrate and recognize the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) branch of the UN, which works towards ending world hunger. While the officially recognized day draws much …

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Grain Tools Help Women in Senegal Thrive

In sub-Saharan Africa, 20% of the annual grain harvest is lost due in part to ancient processing methods. Women and girls often spend several hours each day threshing millet with a mortar and pestle and then wind winnowing to separate the grain from the chaff. Compatible Technology International developed three a suite of three tools that capture 90% of the grain.

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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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