In southwest Tanzania, there are several villages in the mountains with no WiFi or electricity, multiple transportation challenges and a scarcity of water. But these villages are also home to farmers who are successfully producing food for their families on neighborhood plots of land.
Over the last decade, Zimbabwe has experienced a number of economic, environmental and political stresses. Poverty, food insecurity, malnutrition and environmental degradation are serious concerns in Zimbabwe, and will continue to be challenges because of the effects of climate change.
The Pathway to Prosperity illustrates CRS Agriculture and Livelihoods program for serving smallholder farmers as they move toward resilient self-sufficiency.
In Niger, Chaibou Alzouma now sees the truth in the timeless biblical lesson of Galatians 6:7: You reap what you sow.
That was not always the case for this 57-year-old farmer who spends most days on his feet, working long hours under the scorching sun of West Africa. No matter how hard he worked, his crops—millet and sorghum—were limited by devastating droughts or encroaching desert sands.
Nariño, in southwest Colombia near the border with Ecuador, is known for two things: coffee and violence.
Shea Belahi will not be held down by a corporate glass ceiling. In fact, she won't be held down by any ceiling: her office is the open sky. She is fiercely independent and, at age 30, she's her own boss—running her own farm.
"I didn't know what to do with my life. I liked gardening a lot," she says.
Shea now grows heirloom produce on a 1-acre plot in Illinois. Her vegetables, berries, melon and asparagus all started as open-pollinated seeds, meaning they rely on natural pollination from insects or the wind.