Carmen Vaca, or Doña “Choca” as everyone knows her, is an exceptional woman. She works with her husband, Saul Herrera, producing cocoa, coffee, rice, beans, citrus and cupuaçu fruits, açaí berries and chestnuts on their farm near the Brazilian border in Guayaramerín, Bolivia.
In a recent blog post about the growing number of chronically hungry in the world, I mentioned the rise in commodity prices from 2006 to 2008 as one culprit. Those spiking commodity prices also effected consumer food prices in the U.S., which rose
What animal kills more people than any other? If you've vacationed anywhere that requires those dizziness-inducing anti-malarials lately, you probably already know. Pesky mosquitoes are far more than just pesky. For the million people each year who
Any guess as to what this man from a Heifer project in southern Mexico is doing? Leave your guess and check back Friday morning for the answer. UPDATE: In the photo below, Neftali Guellen is wetting down mushroom "logs"blocks of organic
Did you read the World Ark article about "voluntourism"? Check it out before it's shunted off to the archives. "For those who want to become more engaged in hunger and poverty work, educational travel can be an invaluable tool. 'Nothing beats
The news broke last week that France had begun dismantling Roma settlements around the country and expelling the inhabitants. (The Roma are an ethnic group also known as Gypsies, a term which is both erroneous and offensive to many.) The expelled
The latest issue of Pathways, an online magazine from the Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, just hit inboxes. One interesting tidbit, a recap of a study by Mariko Chang on the median net worthliquid assets only,
by Amy Carter I am going to Tanzania to learn. Thats what I told people who asked about my upcoming trip. I explained that Heifer Internationals study tours are unique educational experiences. I hoped that I would be
Over at Poverty News Blog, they're discussing African land grabs—a relatively recent phenomenon where wealthier countries, like the oil emirates of the Persian Gulf, lease agricultural land in Africa or other developing areas on the cheap.
While the estimated number of hungry worldwide in 2006 hovered near the 1970 level of about 875,000 people (there was a significant dip from the 1970 to the mid-1990s, but then a rebound), the number of hungry has skyrocketed in recent years to