Recent Food For All International Grants-A Pictorial Perspective

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*from left to right, top to bottom:

1) Photo Courtesy of Grassroots International-Abu Abdullah’s wife Um Abdullah was a pioneer of urban agriculture, and started one of first local seed banks in the Gaza Strip. Um Abdullah died of cancer in 2009; now her husband, children, grandchildren, and the entire community carry on her work

2) Photo Courtesy of Julie Larsen Maher © WCS-During a 43-year period, Thomson Tembo killed 700 elephants, along with other wildlife, primarily for ivory and meat. He bears the scars showing that buffalos are perhaps the most dangerous animals to hunt. Having once been the most dedicated of poachers, he is now the best advocate for protecting wildlife. In 2001, he enrolled in the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Community Markets for Conservation training. Since then, he has turned more than 30 poachers away from killing and toward other livelihoods—and is himself one of the most successful farmers in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley

3) Photo Courtesy of Grassroots International-The al-Samouni family lost 29 members in the 2008-09 war in Gaza. They are working with PARC (Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees) to raise vegetables, fruit trees, and animals.

4) Photo Courtesy of World Concern-A local villager poses with livestock. The Food For All grant to World Concern in Myanmar-Burma is aiding a beneficiary population characterized by broad geographical and ethnic diversity and suffering from a child malnutrition rate that exceeds 40%.

5) Photo Courtesy of Julie Larsen Maher © WCS-Poultry Power! Pigs and goats attract lions to local villages, but chickens do not. With proper fencing and animal husbandry training, poultry farming is a sustainable, saleable source of protein for impoverished communities in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley.

6) Photo Courtesy of Julie Larsen Maher © WCS-As a poacher, Goodson shot to kill elephants, sometimes for meat, but mostly to take the ivory. Then, he burned the carcasses to eliminate evidence. Now, following livelihood training from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Community Markets for Conservation program, he works as an effective and knowledgeable game scout protecting tourists during nature hikes, using his deep understanding of the animals he once killed.

7) Photo Courtesy of World Concern-This project also enables poor farmers to improve production by providing micro-finance, improved seed and breed stock, and assistance with land registration.

8) Photo Courtesy of World Concern-A garden thrives in a local village in Myanmar-Burma. The Food For All grant provides micro-finance loans to farmers in 31 villages in the Kyaikhto, Belin and Thaton townships of Mon State to ensure proper agricultural training and farming skills.

9) Photo Courtesy of Grassroots International-Abu Abdullah’s wife Um Abdullah was a pioneer of urban agriculture, and started one of first local seed banks in the Gaza Strip. Um Abdullah died of cancer in 2009; now her husband, children, grandchildren, and the entire community carry on her work.