From the Field Blog

  • Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) is joining #GivingTuesday – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – as a partner to raise awareness and funds for a good cause. AKF USA is launching a month-long online campaign on November 2 leading up to #GivingTuesday, December 2. The campaign centers on stories of self-reliance told through the voices of people throughout the Aga Khan Development Network. The stories (hashtag #HowISeeChange) come from people who witness change close up in the Network’s programs in Asia and Africa.

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  • Three new programs mark a milestone in the deepening partnership between the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). AKDN has been working alongside USAID to create new partnerships, harmonize approaches, and leverage financial resources for shared outcomes. In March 2013, USAID and AKDN signed the first partnership in this mold, the Multi-Input Area Development Global Development Alliance (MIAD GDA) in Afghanistan.

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  • For World Food Day we’re sharing the story of a fresh start for the tasty Mozambique cashew. After a troubled history, there's renewed promise for Mozambican cashew farmers. For much of the 1900s Mozambique was famous worldwide for the taste and quality of the cashew nuts it produced. Then in the 1970s, civil war changed that and for years Mozambican cashew production and processing declined. Now that is changing, and a new website shows how.

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  • How much of the solution to global hunger lies in the DNA of the food on our plates? That was the question on September 25th, when I had the opportunity to attend an event at the Brookings Institution entitled “Tackling the ‘Zero Hunger Challenge’ by 2030: A Conversation with Robert Zeigler.” Dr. Zeigler, the Director General of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), discussed how the institute’s scientific breakthroughs could influence hunger across the world.

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  • In many places, civil society organizations face steep challenges. In Africa, they have an incredibly important function in improving the quality of life for communities, but often lack resources. Many organizations are heavily supported by international development organizations, and are often perceived as “outsiders,” despite their community focus. Helping them become locally sustainable is a major challenge. Read this blog to learn how we are addressing this challenge in Africa and beyond.

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