Archive for 'Agriculture'
Posted on 29. Oct, 2015 by Kirsten Mathisen.
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 […]
Posted on 27. Oct, 2015 by Lutheran World Relief.
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 […]
Posted on 22. Oct, 2015 by Rick Peyser.
The future of the milk chocolate bar that we have loved forever may be at risk. Industry experts predict that by 2020 the supply of cocoa will be struggling to meet the growing demand. That means that unless we do something to increase the world’s cocoa supply, your future chocolate bars may not contain very […]
Posted on 20. Oct, 2015 by Ryan Zavislak.
This post is part of the ongoing blog series “My first LWR project visit,” in which LWR staff making first time field visits are invited to share their insights. We hope you enjoy their perspectives and that it gives you a new point of view of the work you support in Lutheran World Relief. I’ll […]
Posted on 13. Oct, 2015 by Nikki Massie.
Coffee and Cocoa are big business around the world. In the United States alone, coffee is the largest food import, and chocolate generates more than $20 billion per year in revenue. Yet many of the world’s coffee and cocoa producers live in poverty. Rick Peyser, Lutheran World Relief’s senior relationship manager for coffee and cocoa, […]
Posted on 01. Oct, 2015 by Nikki Massie.
This post is part of the ongoing LWR Blog series “My first LWR project visit,” in which LWR staff making first time field visits are invited to share their insights. We hope you enjoy their perspectives and that it gives you a new point of view of the work you support with Lutheran World Relief. […]
Posted on 25. Sep, 2015 by Lutheran World Relief.
A special summit at the UN General Assembly in New York beginning September 25 will approve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — 17 benchmarks to measure the progress achieved worldwide. Over 160 heads of state—including the Pope—will be present and President Obama will likely mention these goals in his address to the General Assembly. What […]
Posted on 01. Sep, 2015 by Lutheran World Relief.
Hadi Raini is a mother and widow living in Indonesia. She has a small farm where she grows cassava. Cassava is a hearty, brown root plant that grows well even in dry, low-quality soil. It is packed with carbohydrates, which makes cassava a good crop to have on hand when other foods may not be […]
Posted on 12. Aug, 2015 by Cheryl Williams.
“What do you like most about visiting ‘the field’?” While in Indonesia in May visiting one of Lutheran World Relief’s recently launched coffee projects, a locally-based colleague asked me this. I think my response surprised her. In just over three years of service here at LWR, I have been blessed to visit about six projects […]
Posted on 29. Jul, 2015 by Lutheran World Relief.
When Rick Peyser traveled to Western Uganda, he was haunted by the sight of so many hungry children. What chilled him the most were their faces — many had the face of a 5- or 7-year-old, but the body of a much younger child. It was clear that years of hunger and malnutrition had stunted their growth and […]
Posted on 24. Jun, 2015 by Angelica V. Ospina, Ph.D..
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 […]