Haitians Seek Respect, Role in Rebuilding

Slate, the online magazine, isn't the first to ask the question "Does International Aid Keep Haiti Poor?" The article tells the story of what Haitians want, their voices heard after Haitian civil-society groups polled more than 1,700 citizens

Could Fish Pay for Food Aid?

Author and Oxford economist Paul Collier, author of The Bottom Billion: Why The Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It, discusses market friendly food aid, how current food-price increases mirror the crisis of 2008 and why even

'Alarming' Decline in U.S. Bumblebees

ABC News reports today that researchers have documented a 96 percent decline in the numbers of four previously abundant species of bumblebee in the United States in a study confirming that the agriculturally important bees are being affected

Biogas is Important for the Environment

According to Mongabay: From 1971 to 1987, Uganda lost 50 percent of its forests, including virtually all of its primary forests. Between 1990 and 2005, Uganda lost 26.3 percent of its remaining forest cover, and deforestation continues today at a

Food Crisis in 2011?

In a New York Times editorial, John Foley warns that too much money (i.e. governments printing more of it to help their economies recover) has the potential to cause a food crisis in 2011. Rising food prices make it even harder on those who already

The Roads of Uganda

The roads in Kampala, Uganda, really weren't all that bad. I was told by lots of folks that Kenya is far worse off in the road department. But take a look at this video, and see what you think. This is on our way from Kampala to one of the...

Appropriate Technology Keeps Your Hands Clean

I know I seem to keep harping on about biogas (and there's more to come!), but that's not the only form of appropriate technology we saw in Uganda. Here's a clever hand-washing station on a farm we visited. It's called a Tippy Tap, and it allows

Biogas is Important for Rural Women

How many times have you prepared a meal today? On a typical day at home, I'd say I use my stove or microwave three or four times. I cook eggs for breakfast, microwave oatmeal. Steam veggies for my daughter a couple of times, and cook dinner for my

Finally, Playing with Your Food is Rewarded!

As Christmas day draws closer, the Foodspotting Holiday Spotathon challenge draws to an end. With only one item left to find, Foodspotting will be donating a heifer, garden basket, pig, flock of chickens, hive of honeybees and (hopefully) a sheep

Sweet on Heifer

Junior Heifer supporters braved a cold morning in Little Rock, Ark., earlier this month to tempt neighbors and passersby with steamy mugs of hot drinks. All proceeds went to Heifer International. Teddy Jones and his friend John Maris, both age 7,