Food & Agriculture

Gender equity makes all the difference

Gender equity makes all the difference | World Vision Blog

Thembeni with her baby girl in Zimbabwe. She participated in infant nutrition trainings through World Vision. (Photo: 2012 Leonard Makombe/World Vision)

When women participate in our food security programs, what’s the most significant impact in their lives? You might expect them to talk about the money they saved or the health and nutrition of their children, but they don’t.

For women like Memory Mushanga in Zimbabwe, this program saved her marriage. See how!

The case for inclusive innovation

The case for inclusive innovation | World Vision Blog

Women in Northern Kenya harvest cream with a manual cream separator. (Photo: World Vision)

Creative, new ideas—innovation—are vital for both emerging and developing economies, and in fact vital for the globalized system of today. And yet there is still uncertainty in the international development space about what innovation is and how it should be done.

Hear today about some of the creative ways that World Vision is addressing the challenges of poverty!

Connecting the dots: Vulnerability, environmental stewardship, and resilience

Connecting the dots: Vulnerability, environment stewardship, and resilience | World Vision Blog

In Tanzania, Neseriani helps her neighbor dig a water pan to capture rainfall. (Photo: 2013 Jon Warren/World Vision)

World Environment Day calls us to be good stewards. This is especially important for people living in poverty: their livelihoods depend on the natural resources that are often overexploited.

Our Natural Resource Management advisor explains how we're working to promote good stewardship.

Not helpless but hopeful

Not helpless but hopeful | World Vision Blog

Leonard (right) with his five siblings at their home in Malawi. (Photo: 2015 Charles Kabena/World Vision)

Charles Kabena is a writer for World Vision Malawi. In today's blog, he describes meeting 13-year-old Leonard, whose family was suffering due to a food crisis, and who had left school to help his mother provide for his five siblings.

When Charles returned two months later, things had changed.

Charles relates to Leonard—as a boy in Malawi, he suffered from hunger during a food crisis, too. See what provided hope for both of these boys.

Greater than her family’s hunger

Greater than her family’s hunger | World Vision Blog

Saoly (right) with her parents and two of her seven siblings. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

In Cambodia, Saoly's family used to live in debt and hunger: she and her seven siblings used to fight over who got rice to eat that day.

But families are greater when they work together and when they're empowered with God's love. Watch this family transform!

Bringing families together

Bringing families together | World Vision Blog

Vedaste Nyunvira is a model farmer in Rwanda. The farming techniques he is learning through the Resilient Livelihoods program have significantly increased his crop yield. (Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision)

An idea that began in a rice field in Tanzania is today building "Resilient Livelihoods" for farmers across five countries in Africa and empowering their families to grow greater together through transformation and forgiveness.

See how this innovative program works!

Regarding Henry

Regarding Henry | World Vision Blog

Madison is growing up well nourished because of the training her grandmother received. (Photo: 2016 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

In rural Honduras, our "Common Pot" program learns from families whose children are thriving and teaches those lessons to other families to help them better cook for and nourish their children!

Meet a family that helped bring World Vision to their community and see the transformative difference that better nutrition makes.

Living to love

Living to love | World Vision Blog

The Syrian refugee crisis is at the forefront of the world’s concerns. But there are other places around the world where poverty and violence are forcing family members to leave home to search for a better life: about 60 million people today are refugees or displaced … including from Honduras.

World Vision is working to create opportunities in Honduras with one hope: to give people a reason to stay. Gennri and Marisol’s love story is a perfect example.

The power of soy

The power of soy | World Vision Blog

Through soy milk production and a nutrition center, children in Burundi are growing up healthier! (Photo: 2015 Robert Coronado/World Vision)

In a community in Burundi, within two years one new food cut their malnutrition rate in half … soymilk!

See how, and the difference it's making for these children and their entire community.

Pine needles and tomatoes

Pine needles and tomatoes | World Vision Blog

Santos Vasquez in Honduras with her daughter, 3-year-old Ruth Noemi, at the storefront of her house where she sells the produce they grow. (Photo: 2014 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Today is National Hunger Awareness Day!

In Honduras, Santos Cosme, his wife Santos Vasquez, and their five children face a better future without the threat of malnutrition because of World Vision’s training in improved farming techniques.

Santos V. says that without World Vision, her children “would be poor and poor in mind as well.”

Read their story of transformation!

Celebrating harvests around the world

Celebrating harvests around the world | World Vision Blog

18-month-old Aminat and his grandfather Ibrahim play in their fields at dawn in Antsokia Valley, Ethiopia. (Photo: ©2014 Alexander Whittle/World Vision)

Halloween traces its roots back to ancient harvest festivals.

Today, five of our staff writers from around the world – India, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Honduras, and Bolivia – describe how the harvest season is traditionally celebrated in their part of the world!

Early adopters

Early Adopters | World Vision Blog

Miychele with his family in Zambia. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

When staff writer Kari Costanza visited sponsored child Mutinta's family in Zambia, she witnessed their vibrant transformation through World Vision's programs. Not only had they received clean water, livestock, and school supplies, her father Miychele had planted a huge orchard!

Read how Miychele's early adoption of farming techniques helped keep his family healthy and happy!

Hunger like a weed

Hunger like a weed | World Vision

Five-year-old Dayana in her classroom in Nicaragua. (Photo: 2014 Eugene Lee/World Vision)

When families struggle with hunger, many have to choose between feeding their children and sending them to school.

Read how World Vision sponsorship is helping to uproot the weeds of hunger from Dayana's family in Nicaragua.

A strategy for nutrition

A strategy for nutrition | World Vision Blog

At 18 months, Rita in Nepal was malnourished, but today she is getting the nutrition she needs and is healthy! (Photo: 2012 Alina Shrestha/World Vision)

There is no one solution to malnutrition. But the new five-year U.S. Government nutrition strategy and World Vision's development model are designed to address all of its causes.

Read how this new strategy is designed to reduce stunting and save lives!

From famine to harvest

From famine to harvest | World Vision Blog

The Antsokia Valley during Ethiopia's drought and famine of 1984-'86 was a parched dust bowl where 60,000 people were starving. By August 1989, due to return of rainfall and extensive development led by World Vision, the valley was green again and resistant to future famines. (Photo: 1989 Bruce Brander/World Vision)

30 years ago, a severe drought and famine struck Ethiopia, and within five years, World Vision's relief work there had become one of the best examples of our development model.

But the impact of our work became more than a famine-to-harvest story. As we mark 30 years of progress in Ethiopia's Antsokia Valley, read how that work also led to a deeper kind of transformation.

Coffee love

Coffee love | World Vision Blog

Christine working on The Good Coffee farm with her baby girl, Christella, on her back. Christine was 5 when the genocide began. (©2013 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Happy International Coffee Day!

Read how a World Vision cooperative coffee growing program helped transform the hatred caused by the Rwandan genocide into forgiveness and love.