The Potato Park: Indigenous Knowledge and Agricultural Success in Peru

Potato Park, located in the Cusco region of Peru, is one of the world’s few biological reserves operated by local indigenous populations. It proves that, with the aid of science, mixing old knowledge with new technology can be a successful recipe for protecting crops against climate change.

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JOY: from grassroots to organic revolution in southern India

What would it take to revitalize depleted soil in an area the size of Nebraska while also economically empowering low-income populations and women? Governments often turn to investment in chemicals and infrastructure as the obvious approach. But at the grassroots level in Karnataka, India, it’s all being accomplished with worms, women, a few low-cost tablets and cartloads of manure.

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Grassroots Approach Helps Kenyan Dairy Groups Double Milk Production

Dairy production is a vibrant sector in Kenya that contributes to 4% of GDP annually. Many dairy producers in Kenya are smallholder farmers who own only a few cows, and the milk sold from these cows is often the main source of cash income available to a family. As demand for dairy products increases, farmers need to acquire knowledge in more efficient and more adaptive production techniques. A researcher from PEI is teaching dairy groups in Kenya those new techniques.

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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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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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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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