This week, Partners of the Americas observes the International Day to Eradicate Poverty. Inspired by an initiative by the PartnersCampus network, Partners would like to highlight the many ways in which our programs, projects, and members #endpoverty.
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With his silver-streaked beard and fashion scarf, seated in Sukhasana (a yoga meditation pose), Marco Barbi may seem like an unlikely candidate to help kickstart the Guatemalan economy. For starters he is Italian, married to a French astrologist and is himself the author of several personal growth books. He arrived to Guatemala via Mexico over a decade ago, and choose to make the outskirts of Antigua his home.
As part of this F2F assignment, Mr. Ndi visited and led trainings at several of Fabretto’ youth centers in Managua as well as in northern town of San Jose de Cusmapa. At these centers, he delivered a series of youth-focused workshops meant to train Fabretto staff, tutors, and students on various aspects of merchandising and e-marking for small agricultural enterprises.
A look back at the past year of accomplishments from our Farmer-to-Farmer program which connects volunteers from the U.S. with farmers, cooperatives, and other institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Colombia-based natural skincare company Zen Naturals sources its ingredients from the Department of Cauca, one of the regions most affected by the country’s prolonged armed conflict. Through ethical manufacturing and fair trade practices, the company has taken a leadership role in re-investing in the Paez indigenous communities that grow the quinoa used in their products.
Partners’ Farmer-to-Farmer program recently sent Connie and Wayne Burleson on an assignment to Nicaragua. Connie provided training to school teachers on crop management, harvesting methods, and composting, while Wayne provided training to local organizations on the use of rotational cattle grazing practices with electric fences.
Partners' Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer Abe Fisher urges malnourished Haitians to consider rabbit as a sustainable source of protein and income. Abe, a career network engineer and a hobby rabbit farmer from Pennsylvania, recently returned from 2 weeks in Haiti in which he exchanged best practices around rabbit breeding.
An assistant professor at the University of Illinois traveled to Nicaragua last month as a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer. Based on his experience, he made a number of recommendations to help improve livestock practices and increase efficiency.
"Products from Haiti face steep competition from cheap American and Latin American imports. My clients, Anatraf and Makouti are working to change that. They offer training and through a co-op, pool resources to allow small producers to bring products to market. Their goal is for Haitian farmers to evolve from subsistence farmers to entrepreneurs."
"Recently, the meat goat industry in Haiti has experienced significant advancement. Farmers and hosts have easier access to supplies including fencing wire, veterinary medicines and supplies, and feeds, and the number of goat farmers and goat inventories have increased."
Partners of the Americas has been implementing our Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program in Latin America and the Caribbean for over 25 years, making it one of our longest-running programs in the history of our organization.
Partners’ Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program is playing an important role in strengthening rural development in Guatemala by upgrading capacity-building, supporting rural value chains with high potential for impact, focusing on gender, and facilitating strategic alliances with public, academic, private, and international cooperation.
Did you know that the Latin American and Caribbean is now the second most enterprising region in the world? According to the World Bank, four out of every 10 Latin American youth hope to become entrepreneurs. It takes a supportive community and a wealth of resources for entrepreneurship to be a feasible venture. This is especially true when there is a cultural stigma of failure.
As Partners of the Americas' Haiti Nutrition Security Program (Haiti NSP) enters its final closeout phase, the Agriculture and Food Security team is gathering statistics on its three-year impact
Essential oils have a high price tag on the commercial market, due to both the time- and labor-intensive processes of producing them and the plethora of health benefits they provide consumers. While Jamaica is home to a variety of aromatic plants used to make essential oils, there are currently no major distilleries located on the island to produce these unique products.
It is estimated that throughout the 20th century, the Dominican Republic lost 75 to 85 percent of its forest coverage from deforestation. While deforestation has slowed over the past couple of decades, the country is still recovering from the high levels that occurred, mostly between the 1960’s and 1980’s.
“I have been making salsa since I was 6 years old, when my task for dinnertime was to peel roasted chilies,” Carmen Pacheco-Borden of Boulder, Colo said. Pacheco-Borden’s family immigrated to the United States from Mexico when she was 12 years old, and she went on to obtain her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering. After teaching university classes and having three children, Pacheco-Borden decided it was time for a new path in life.
As an ode to the United Nations dubbing 2016 the International Year of the Pulses, we are highlighting recipes containing beans in our cooking demonstrations. Pulses provide protein, complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. Like other plant-based foods, pulses contain no cholesterol and little fat or sodium. Below are two of our favorite pulses recipes, from Haiti to your home.
Me llamo Andrea, soy oficial de campo para el programa F2F en Guatemala. En unos pocos meses más cumpliré mi segundo año trabajando para Partners dentro del programa. El tiempo se ha pasado rápidamente y en el proceso he aprendido muchas cosas nuevas, cada tema es diferente para cada asignación y cada asignación es una nueva oportunidad de crecimiento personal e intelectual.
Have you considered growing your own garden, but don’t think you have the space? Square-foot gardens are a useful way for city-dwellers and suburbanites alike to grow fresh, organic vegetables on a budget. Partners’ F2F volunteer Arlen Albrecht recently traveled to Guatemala to train urban and rural community members in building square-foot gardens, contributing to their household nutrition and food security. And today, we’re sharing his instructions with you.