World Food Prize Symposium

The World Food Prize Symposium began today in Des Moines, Iowa, and Heifer International President Jo Luck is there. Jo Luck is a recipient of this year's World Food Prize and gets a mention from, among other places, Poverty News Blog: The Prize

"Poorism"

Another new word, courtesy of Schott’s Vocab. “Poorism” is a portmanteau combining “poor” and “tourism” that refers to the increasing number of voyeuristic tours that take well-heeled travelers through slums in

Stopping Up Brain Drain

It's a sticky conundrum for many people in developing countries: Should I stay or should I go? Sure, people have an allegiance to their homes, but who can blame them for seeking out degrees, training and well-paying jobs that are only available

Guess What Today Is?

Today is International Day for Disaster Reduction. What, you didn't know? Me either, until I read a post on The Guardian's Poverty Matters blog. It's the brainchild of the U.N.'s International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. This years theme: My

BRICs and HIICs

Why? Because there can never be too many acronyms. But seriously, learn these two; you’re likely to see more of them in the future. They both describe “shifting global economic fortunes,” according to a Wall Street Journal article

Heifer Armenia's YES! Youth Clubs

Post by Sarah Tourville, international resource development officer for Heifer International I was fortunate last week to take part in Heifer Armenia’s strategic planning workshop. The team has developed an ambitious, forward-thinking plan for

Graphics Show Good News

Good news is reported on lower child death rates in Kenya and other countries. Ted Conference presenter Hans Rosling uses graphic “bubbles” to show new UN data to help us see the big picture on reaching Millennium Development Goals. Some

Heifer Mexico Community Struck by Mudslide

An update from southern Mexico, where tropical storms and rain two weeks ago triggered mudslides. We now know that several Heifer communities were affected, one heavily. Nueva Colombia is perched in the Sierra Madre de Chiapas Mountains, several

People Still Get Leprosy?

It's amazing how diseases we consider pieces of the past still torment poor people around the world. Take leprosy, for instance. Associated Press reporter Margie Mason visited East Timor recently to report on this terrifying bacterial infection