Archive for 'Agriculture'

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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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How Sustainable Development is Saving the Future of Chocolate

Posted on 22. Oct, 2015 by .

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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 […]

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Expanding Coffee Livelihoods in Indonesia

Posted on 20. Oct, 2015 by .

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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 […]

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Women sort coffee beans by hand at the Gabart LeVaillant coffee cooperative in Dondon, Haiti

Why Do Coffee & Cocoa Farmers Struggle So Much? A Q&A with Rick Peyser

Posted on 13. Oct, 2015 by .

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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, […]

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How Your Support Makes Coffee Entrepreneurs in Haiti

Posted on 01. Oct, 2015 by .

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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. […]

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The Global Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals: What Are They and Why Do They Matter?

Posted on 25. Sep, 2015 by .

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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 […]

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fisherman in boat with net

This tool could mean a better, more prosperous future for a family

Posted on 01. Sep, 2015 by .

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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 […]

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