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Posts tagged with ‘agriculture’

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Sunday School Challenge: Farming for the Future

by Anna Muir

In the western highlands of Guatemala, hunger is a daily concern among Indigenous Maya-Mam people. Climate change and deforestation have led to low crop yields. Discrimination and poverty make it difficult for women and men to start farms or buy food for their families. PWS&D is responding with Canadian Foodgrains Bank and local partner AMMID […]

Kitchen Gardens: A Source of Joy and Pride in Pakistan

by Anna Muir

Carrying bowls brimming with freshly harvested carrots, bright green spinach, radishes and tomatoes, it’s hard to believe Mirzadi owns no farmland and had no previous experience growing her own food. Mirzadi lives in Badin, Pakistan with her ailing husband and two of her sons. The local economy relies heavily on agriculture, but farmers in the […]

Conservation Agriculture: Improving Food Security for Farmers of All Ages

by Anna Muir

The survival of Elias Mogha’s family is dependent on what he can grow on his parcel of land in Malawi. But rain, vital for cultivating life, had been minimal. Elias began to worry that perhaps this was the year his family would go hungry. A lifetime of raising crops and rearing livestock made the 65-year-old […]

Hunger for Justice: World Food Day 2016

by Anna Muir

Here in Canada, despite a summer of hot temperatures and little rain, most of us will still enjoy an abundant supply of food with family and friends this autumn. It is a different story for many subsistence farmers living in parts of the global south, where changing weather patterns—triggering drought or flooding—and the rising cost […]

Farm Families Work Together to Grow More Food in Guatemala

by Karen Bokma

In the western highlands of Guatemala, Juan Ramirez Cardon and his family live in the small community of Chamaque. Together with his sons, he works the small plot of land his family owns. For many years Juan was very reliant on the use of chemicals and fertilizers to ensure that he could grow enough food […]

Taking Chances and Transforming Dry Land in Malawi

by Anna Muir

Witness Ngofi first heard about conservation agriculture on the radio. At home on her farm in Malawi, she listened to the announcers describe the new method of farming that would keep crops hydrated—even during dry weather—and help farmers increase their yields. Using traditional farming techniques, Witness harvested healthy food for her son and mother. But […]

From Hope to Harvest: World Food Day 2015

by Anna Muir

As autumn approaches, many of us will be preparing to harvest crops, enjoy meals with our families and give thanks for God’s abundant gifts. However, in many parts of the world, heavy rains, drought and the rising cost of seeds make it difficult for small-scale farmers to grow enough food to meet their nutritional needs […]

Improving Farming Methods in Malawi

by Anna Muir

Mussa Mwakasungula, a farmer and father of six, was always proud of the crops he grew to feed his family. Tomatoes, maize and other vegetables—these are just some of the crops Mussa worked hard to grow to ensure that his family could be well nourished. In many communities in Malawi, access to food is dependent […]

Conservation Agriculture Good for Development

by Karen Bokma

Canadian Foodgrains Bank—of which PWS&D is a member—was recently mentioned in an article in the British newspaper the Guardian as an example of good agricultural development. The article argues that agriculture that ‘works with nature and not against it’ will go a long way toward helping Africa continue to grow economically, while also bringing people out […]

Moving Forward and Getting Results in Nicaragua: Maria’s Story

by Karen Bokma

Maria de los Angeles’ life has changed a lot in the course of three years. Once dependent on purchasing expensive produce at the market, Maria now grows enough food to last her family the entire year. Gesturing toward her garden she says, “now its all available.” Situated near a site that was previously a garbage […]