The escalating crisis in Ukraine has so far occurred in urban areas away from Heifer communities. Ukraine Country Director Viktor Teres reports that “staff and our project communities, including Danone, are safe.”
Meet Liang Yunah, a female farmer from China. She is just one example of how women in Heifer projects are inspiring change in their communities, and a perfect farmer to feature in advance of International Women's Day 2014.
As Heifer's Vice President of Africa Programs considered the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, “Inspiring Change,” it occurred to her that some of the most important lessons she have learned about being a woman leader came from the unlikeliest of places.
Demeter Laszlo was born and raised in the Romanian village of Belin. Although he grew up in a farming family, he became a miner. But he never stopped dreaming of owning his own farm.
In 2008, Linus and Leston Mugala had just found out they would soon be part of a Heifer project. The Mugala’s were so poor and undernourished that Linus feared for her children’s lives. But five years later, things are much different for the family.
As we celebrate the International Year of Family Farming in 2014, I would like to highlight how, when encouraged and supported, smallholder farmers are capable of shaping an entire industry.