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Community Garden Greens Swaziland – and Family Finances

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IRD worked with the Nyatsini community in Swazilan to revive a community garden that had been abandoned for three years due to shortages of water and high input costs. IRD began by drilling a borehole, installing a micro-irrigation system powered by an electric water pump, and offering technical support to 25 farmers (23 women and 2 men) in vegetable production... more

Filed Under: Building Infrastructure, Food & Agriculture, Capacity Building, Economic Growth, Jobs, Natural Resource Management, Nutrition, Relief to Development, Water, Women & Gender, Africa, Swaziland

Colombian Woman Turns Training into Leadership

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El Timy, COLOMBIA – Jennifer Alejandra, 28, lives with her husband and their two children in El Timy, Colombia. What is most striking about her is her leadership abilities. From the first time she received assistance from IRD, through the Closing Gaps program, she was curious about the information she was given: her diverse questions showed a very deep concern about the... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Conflict Mitigation, Health & Hygiene, Capacity Building, Education, Nutrition, Refugees, Women & Gender, The Americas, Colombia

USDA Delegation Visits IRD Cashew Project in The Gambia

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US Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials visiting The Gambia from Washington DC this July got a first-hand view of the vast potential of cashew in the SeneGambia region. The senior-level delegation was there to learn about IRD’s initiative to increase the incomes of rural Senegalese and Gambians involved in the cashew value chain. Leading the delegatio... more

Filed Under: Food & Agriculture, Capacity Building, Nutrition, Partnerships, Value Chains, Women & Gender, Africa, Senegal, The Gambia

School Feeding and Take-Home Rations Improve Outcomes in Cambodia

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Rath Khemra, IRD’s local Food for Education field monitor, drops in on a school support committee meeting at the Prey Kri Choeung primary school in Cambodia’s Kampong Chhnang province. The schoolmaster, Hung Phalla, is telling the group how delighted she is that the Food for Education program is increasing school attendance, enrollment of school-aged children, and teache... more

Filed Under: Health & Hygiene, Education, Nutrition, Women & Gender, Asia & Pacific, Cambodia

AgriTrade Credit Facility Helps Small Businesses Expand

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BULAWAYO Zimbabwe – Sizamile Gumbo is one of 305 beneficiaries of the AgriTrade credit scheme by Zim-AIED, which seeks to avail credit to traders who purchase from rural smallholder farmers. She got her loan in August this year through MicroKing, one of three financial institutions disbursing funds in partnership with Zim-AIED. The other two are CABS and Trust Bank. Some... more

Filed Under: Food & Agriculture, Economic Growth, Nutrition, Value Chains, Women & Gender, Africa, Zimbabwe