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The Story of Adane Berihanu

The Sekota district is a highly drought-prone district of Amhara region in Ethiopia. Almost every year there is not enough rainfall to grow food for all the residents. In the early eighties, thousands died due to hunger, starvation and malnutrition-related diseases. But things have changed. Meet Adane Berihanu. He is a 38-year-old father of two […]

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What A Difference A Weir Makes

Bugna district is a draught-prone district of Amhara Region, Ethiopia. People living in this district experience chronic food shortages due to erratic rainfall, hailstorms, pests, and infertile topsoil. Rugged terrain and mountains cover the district, and a shortage of cultivable farmland is another critical issue for rural youth. Most farmers rely on rain to water […]

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FH Fills in for Punxsutawney Phil

As our thoughts turn from the bitter cold that some areas are experiencing to the hopes of warm spring days, the anticipation of planting a new garden is on the minds of those who enjoy fresh vegetables. Groundhog Day, on February 2 this year, pinpoints our focus as we wait to see what Punxsutawney Phil […]

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Filling the Food Gap in Ethiopia

Bugna district The late onset rainy season is about to cease. From a distance, all mountains and valleys look like they are covered with well-woven green and yellow carpets. It is breathtaking scenery. I am riding in a 4-wheel drive Toyota Land Cruiser from Lalibela to Ayina, a town in the Bugna district, in Amhara […]

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Building Canals in Ethiopia

  A canal cut through the barren hills of Achete Wonz village in Ethiopia, to funnel water from a nearby river to the farm of Yaregal Eshetu. Unfortunately, the canal had cracks. The amount of water getting to Yaregal’s field was minimal, so he could only plant half his land with chickpeas and maize. At […]

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Farmer Becomes Business Owner

Ia Pha Yu, 32, lives with his wife and two daughters in Prolean village in Cambodia. As a rice farmer, he couldn’t provide enough food for his family all year round. He grew rice following the traditional way, which produced enough for several months, but on the off months, the family went hungry. To make […]

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Sponsorship Helps Mother Feed Her Children

It’s no secret that a young mother needs all the help and nutritional support she can get, especially if she has a newborn baby! She needs high-calorie, vitamin-rich food in order to feed her infant and to care for her other children. But when Ethensh gave birth to her fourth child, she had to spend many […]

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Sweat Hawgs and community members work together to build a chicken coop.

Tale of Two Communities

“Once a Hawg, always a Hawg. No Hawg left behind.” According to Doug Geist, this is the motto of the Sweat Hawgs, a group he leads that partners with Food for the Hungry (FH) in a community-to-community (C2C) relationship. The Sweat Hawgs are currently in their fourth year of working with Food for the Hungry […]

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Coffee Project Provides Fair-Wage Jobs

When you sip on your morning cup of coffee, how often do you think about where that coffee came from? Perhaps it briefly crossed your mind before, but have you really considered the stories behind the coffee bean farmers and the places they live? Food for the Hungry (FH) partner, Grace Community Church of Frederick, Md., […]

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The Gift of Independence

My grandfather was a farmer in the United States. My sister and I enjoyed many summers on his arid Colorado acreage. As a farmer, he had a lot of independence. Grandpa pretended to need our help raising his corn and beats. He attached a seat for each of us on the fenders of his John […]

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