From the Field Blog

  • 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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  • Social Cohesion as a Process

    September 19, 2014

    Earlier this summer, Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. and the World Bank convened experts in the fields of conflict resolution, social cohesion, and community-driven development to discuss social cohesion and development in Washington, DC and in Bishkek and Osh, Kyrgyzstan. Participants shared about their experiences with projects in Central and Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America. Following these learning sessions, three main ideas emerged as particularly important for our Kyrgyz project going Earlier this summer, AKF USA and the World Bank convened experts in the fields of conflict resolution, social cohesion, and community-driven development to discuss social cohesion and development in Washington, DC and in Bishkek and Osh, Kyrgyzstan. Participants shared about their experiences with projects in Central and Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America. Following these learning sessions, three main ideas emerged as particularly important for our Kyrgyz project going forward. Read our blog to learn about these ideas.

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  • This year marks the 20th anniversary for Partnership Walk events.  We will also mark the milestone of reaching our 100th Partnership Walk this year. The Walk has reached 10 major US  cities over the years with 8 being held this year. Since 1995, PartnershipsInAction activities including the annual Partnership Walk and Golf events have attracted over 440,000 participants and raised over $63 million for poverty alleviation. Experience the journey on our blog and picture slide show. 

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