Archive for October, 2010

All Sweet for Honey Producers in Malawi

Posted on Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 at 2:54 pm

By Joseph Scott, Communications Officer, Malawi

Siverio and other group members harvesting honey. Photo: Malawi, Concern Worldwide

A few months ago, Siverio Kamera, 42, a member of Ngala Club in Dowa, Malawi, was getting disillusioned by the lack of progress in his newly found source of livelihood, beekeeping.

Having joined Ngala Club in 2006, Siverio was finding the going tough as the project was failing to make any meaningful head start.

“The bees were not producing enough honey to make any profitable business. And worse still, the harvesting was proving to be a risky business: We were being stung every day due to lack of protective clothing,” recalls Siverio. Read the rest of this entry »

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World Food Day, October 16th

Posted on Friday, October 15th, 2010 at 4:24 am

By Allyson Brown, Operations Director for Concern Worldwide US

Did you know that women produce more than half of the world’s food but earn only 10% of the world’s income? And although women produce up to 80% of food in the developing world, they often aren’t able to grow enough to feed themselves and their families. Despite global commitments to improve gender equity, we know that poverty and hunger still have a woman’s face. Why? Because when times are hard, they eat last and least.

Tomorrow, October 16th will mark World Food Day, a day designated to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and strengthen unity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. If we are serious about fighting hunger and beating global poverty, the empowerment of women farmers must be prioritized.
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Afghanistan: Two Trips, Two Viewpoints … 33 Years Apart

Posted on Friday, October 1st, 2010 at 10:48 am

Made Ferguson, Assistant Country Director of Programs for Concern in Afghanistan. Photo: Aoife Gleeson, Afghanistan.

In September 1977,  Kathy Cicerale, who now works as the Donor Care Assistant for Concern Worldwide in New York, entered Kabul for the first time. The journey marked the latest leg of her backpacking adventure around South East Asia.

The bus trip from Pakistan had taken over 12 hours – but it was a spectacular journey that had taken her through the Kybher pass. The sheer drops, windy roads and snow-capped peaks were both terrifying and exciting all at once. It was a fantastic way to start a trip that was to leave a lasting impression on Kathy.

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