In 2009, in the rural Western Highlands of Guatemala, the sisters of the Ixcoy family in the village of Patulup started a vegetable growers’ association with their father, Julián. For years, Mr. Ixcoy had been following seasonal migration routes, working the coffee harvest in the first months of the year and the sugar harvest later in the year. This work took him to the Pacific coast, hundreds of miles away from his home.
Nearly two billion people worldwide live in rural areas and are heavily dependent upon small-scale subsistence farming, and the majority of these smallholder farmers are women. As the demand for crops from developing countries increases, more smallholder farmers have ramped up their production and attempted to connect with the global supply chain. However, these farmers often lack the technical and managerial skills to effectively navigate finances, production costs, fluctuating market prices, and crop pests and diseases.
In developing countries, women and children are often the members of the household responsible for raising small livestock, such as poultry and dairy animals, which provide a critical source of food and household income. However, production levels for these animals tend to be low due to mismanagement and diseases. That’s why better poultry health can be an important factor in empowering women and promoting food security and good nutrition for families.
During a 2014 trip to Africa, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden visited Ethiopia to see firsthand how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is helping the country’s agriculture sector to grow and thrive.
Geneva, 27 February 2015
1. Brief description of the emergency and impact
Appeal Target: US$ 993,006
Balance Requested: US$ 991,075
Geneva, 25 February 2015
Since more than 12 months hostilities have affected the South Sudanese population, steaming from a power struggle between the incumbent President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Dr. Riek Machar. On the evening of the 15th December 2013 violence erupted in Juba when Mr. Kiir accused Mr. Machar of staging a coup. This violence has since prevailed.
Se trató de 221 mujeres (19%) y 937 hombres (81%) desmovilizados de los grupos armados al margen de la ley quienes durante el 2014 crearon empresa propia, como parte del proceso de reintegración establecido por el Gobierno nacional a través de la Agencia Colombiana para la Reintegración (ACR). En total son 1.119 nuevos negocios: 1.084 de carácter individual y 35 asociativos.
Through Feed the Future, Cambodian women are improving their agricultural productivity, increasing incomes and improving their status in their homes and communities.
A Feed the Future project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development has helped establish 218 food security and nutrition groups, the first of their kind in Cambodia. To date, more than 5,000 people have registered as members, 93 percent of them women. The groups bring together community members who want to learn how to improve food security and nutrition in their families and communities.
Pearl millet, a key staple crop in the African Sahel region, is particularly important to the food security of smallholder farmers. Yet virtually all of West Africa’s 3.9 million farmers still rely on basic hand tools to process this crop into edible flour, resulting in post-harvest losses of up to 20 percent. Without proper mechanized tools, women – who make up the majority of pearl millet producers – toil under inefficient, labor-intensive conditions.
In Ethiopia, almost one third of the population lives in poverty and 40 percent of children under the age of five suffer from stunting. For decades, parts of the country have faced high levels of food insecurity and have depended on food aid to cover their household food shortages. In the country’s northern Amhara region, however, women farmers are beginning to break the cycle of hunger and poverty by increasing agricultural production and raising incomes with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
BOGOTÁ, Colombia, 26 de febrero de 2015 (ACNUR) - Por el río, en aparente calma, entre árboles y montañas, se va abriendo el camino hacia comunidades que parecen suspendidas en el tiempo, marcadas por avisos y carteles de grupos armados ilegales que hacen presencia en la zona. Solo estelas en el agua y sonidos de motores quedan como rastro de las pangas que transitan por ahí.
This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 1,122,723 to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to deliver immediate assistance and support to 10,000 flood-affected families (70,000 people), focusing on food and relief item distributions, health and hygiene promotion, emergency shelter assistance. The planned response covers only the relief phase. The national society will not be undertaking recovery initiatives as other organizations are contributing to these efforts.
Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:
The emergency appeal was revised on 24 November 2014. The main changes and shifts in the operation include:
Reduction in budget by around 40 per cent to the initial budget;
Reduction in number of target beneficiaries from 10,000 families to 8,000 families (40,000 people);
Focus of a recovery component on the four worst affected districts: Banke, Bardiya, Surkhet and Dang;
Of every 100 people living in Bangladesh, just 55 have access to sanitation services, while 64 have mobile phone subscriptions.
A project in Bangladesh has used this as an opportunity to deliver vital health information to about 1.2 million people. MAMA is a public-private partnership that supports programmes to deliver health information through cellphones to mothers and families. So far, its messages have reached nearly 2 million subscribers globally.
17 February – 24 February
The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women today considered the fourth and fifth periodic reports of Eritrea on its implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
Building on lessons learnt from 2012-2014 and the successes of the RRP system, the following work-plan is intended to set out key areas of focus for the inter-agency refugee coordination structures in first half 2015. The focus is at the inter-sector level including common processes between sectors and location based fora, as well as capacity building activities. It will be updated throughout the period.
Child recruitment: Scores of children abducted last week in Upper Nile State are reportedly undergoing military training, UNICEF said on 24 February. 'Witnesses have said they are in a training camp,” near Wau Shilluk town (20 km northeast of Malakal), said John Budd, UNICEF communications officer for South Sudan.
In 2012 two thirds of births in Kenya’s Makueni county were delivered without skilled supervision. In a recent study published by the BMC journal, Amref Health Africa’s Anne Gitimu and her team explore the role of education in increasing access to antenatal care and support.
Giving birth in sub-Saharan Africa is one of the most dangerous things a woman can do. Here, one in 39 women will die as a result of childbirth or pregnancy, compared to one in 4,600 in the UK. It’s a dark contrast that shows us just how many of these deaths could be prevented.