Archive for 'Agriculture'

LWR & the Global Goals: Ending Hunger

Posted on 15. Mar, 2016 by .

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Your support of Lutheran World Relief contributes to the larger work of creating sustainable solutions to poverty around the world. This blog series on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seeks to answer two questions: What are the sustainable development goals? And how does your support of Lutheran World Relief contribute to them? What are the […]

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Celebrating Bold Women: Meet Atandi

Posted on 28. Feb, 2016 by .

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This story originally appeared on the Women of the ELCA Blog.  Atandi Wilkister is a small-scale farmer who lives in the Rachuonyo South District in Western Kenya. Life has been challenging for Atandi, especially because she was left alone to run her farm and raise her children many years ago. For a long time, she struggled […]

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Give Hope. Join LWR’s 2016 Hunger Challenge!

Posted on 02. Feb, 2016 by .

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You can do it. You can help families escape hunger and poverty! Take the LWR 2016 Hunger Challenge and give the gift of long-lasting, sustainable solutions to hunger for families around the world – like Daisy’s.   Take the Challenge!   Daisy and her family live high in the Andes mountains in Peru.  There was a […]

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Why Coffee and Cocoa Farmers Face Similar Predicament – and Promise

Posted on 08. Jan, 2016 by .

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This article was originally published in the December 2015 issue of CoffeeTalk magazine. Just over a year ago, I left Keurig Green Mountain after almost 27 years, and weeks later accepted a new role with Lutheran World Relief where, in my role as Senior Relationship Manager, Coffee & Cocoa, I continue to work with coffee farmers […]

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The Ability to Transform

Posted on 17. Dec, 2015 by .

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LWR has a long history of development programming aimed at building the resilience of vulnerable communities affected by multiple shocks and stressors, such as natural disasters, conflict, and climate change and variability. This blog series, Reflections on Resilience, will examine emerging issues, innovative approaches and new resources in resilience work. It seeks to stimulate learning, reflection […]

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How Climate Change is Affecting Coffee Farmers

Posted on 09. Dec, 2015 by .

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Climate change is a clear and present danger to coffee farmers in Central America, and Lutheran World Relief is working with farm families and cooperatives, helping them to cope, LWR’s Rick Peyser told a gathering of Congressional staffers at a Dec. 8 Capitol Hill briefing. Rick, LWR senior relationship manager for coffee and cocoa, was […]

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Gayle Smith opens up the

Congratulations to Gayle Smith, Administrator of USAID

Posted on 03. Dec, 2015 by .

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On behalf of Lutheran World Relief, I would like to congratulate Gayle Smith on her confirmation as the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and we look forward to working with her to as we together pursue lasting solutions to global poverty. USAID is a key partner of LWR in several of our […]

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How to Give Better This Christmas With LWR Gifts

Posted on 03. Dec, 2015 by .

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Have you ever struggled to find a gift with just the right meaning? A gift that says to your spouse or significant other, “I’m so thankful you’re in my life”? Or one that tells your parents “Thanks for putting up with me all these years and teaching me to be a good person”? Or how about […]

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What is Fair Trade?

Posted on 17. Nov, 2015 by .

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The words “Fair Trade” get tossed around quite frequently these days. Maybe you look for and buy Fair Trade products at the store. You may have even participated in Fair Trade events – like sales in your congregation or a Fair Trade Fair during the holiday season. But have you ever wondered…what exactly is Fair […]

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6 Things You May Not Know About Coffee

Posted on 29. Oct, 2015 by .

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An estimated 54 percent of Americans over the age of 18 consume coffee on a daily basis. We are so passionate about it we’ve even fashioned a whole dialect around ordering it from coffeehouses. Each day, the world consumes close to 2.25 billion cups of coffee. 1. The United States is not the largest importer […]

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Miriam in her family's rice field

The Blessing of Practical, Hands-On Training

Posted on 27. Oct, 2015 by .

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41-year-old Miriam is a wife and mother of four. She is also a farmer trying to feed her children in a region where it’s terribly difficult to grow crops. Miriam lives in a place where drought, famine and disease epidemics kill many — and where government can offer little help. Families like hers are in a […]

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