«Réduire de moitié, d’ici 2015, la pauvreté et la faim» : les chefs d’Etat réunis à New York ne pourront que constater que le premier des objectifs onusiens, dits «du Millénaire» pour le développement (OMD) et fixés par leurs prédécesseurs en 2000, est, s’agissant d’alimentation, assez mal engagé. Pire : loin de régresser, la faim continue de gagner du terrain. Fin 2008, 109 millions de personnes de plus avaient rejoint les rangs de ses victimes. Et en 2010, malgré un léger recul, ce sont toujours près d’un milliard de personnes qui en souffrent quotidiennement. Il y a deux ans, les émeutes de la faim avaient révélé le paradoxe de décennies de mauvais choix internationaux en matière agricole et commerciale. Non seulement l’envolée des prix de détail des aliments de base (de 30 % à 150 % en 2007-2008) n’a que très peu bénéficié aux producteurs locaux des pays pauvres, mais, absurdité symptomatique des dérèglements du monde, ceux-là même qui ont vocation à remédier à ce fléau en souffrent le plus gravement : 70 % des victimes de la faim sont des petits paysans, en majorité des femmes. Les promesses du G8 de 2009 d’investir 22 milliards de dollars dans l’agriculture des pays en développement sont loin d’être tenues. Et les prix du blé s’envolent à nouveau. Les manifestations récentes au Mozambique ont montré que, faute de vraie régulation des marchés des matières premières, la communauté internationale est toujours aussi démunie. Lutte contre la pauvreté et contre la faim sont indissociables : l’agriculture est le premier secteur économique et la principale source de revenus des habitants des pays pauvres. Donner les moyens aux petits agriculteurs de produire et vendre plus et mieux pour obtenir des revenus suffisants est donc essentiel. Or, les règles et les accords commerciaux, au lieu de les y aider, poussent trop souvent dans le sens exactement inverse. En Afrique de l’Ouest, les producteurs subissent la concurrence de tomates, oignons, volailles ou produits laitiers européens vendus au-dessous du coût local. Au Burkina Faso, au Togo ou au Ghana, des dizaines de milliers de producteurs de tomates sont menacés par le boom des importations de concentré et de conserves européennes. Et si les subventions européennes ont, bien sûr, une responsabilité, les droits de douane à l’importation dans ces pays ne permettent pas de protéger les petits agriculteurs : selon une étude du Réseau des organisations paysannes et des producteurs agricoles de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et Oxfam (1), pour les céréales, les produits laitiers, les viandes et le sucre, ils sont, dans la région, plus faibles qu’aux portes de l’Europe. Il est vrai que la crise alimentaire ne se résume pas à une cause unique. Pour lutter contre la faim et contre la pauvreté, il faut des politiques agricoles portées par les gouvernements du Sud, et des investissements au bénéfice des petits agriculteurs. Mais sans prêcher l’autarcie, il faut aussi un cadre commercial prévisible avec règles claires et des flexibilités suffisantes pour protéger les plus vulnérables. Créé à l’initiative de la France, le partenariat mondial pour l’agriculture et l’alimentation, qui se réunit pour la première fois début octobre, s’est donné pour mandat de mettre en cohérence les politiques agricoles et commerciales avec la sécurité alimentaire mondiale. Reste à savoir si l’OMC saura entendre ses conclusions. Autoproclamé «cycle du développement», le cycle de négociations commerciales de Doha piloté par l’OMC est dans l’impasse précisément faute d’accord sur ce qu’est réellement le développement et comment l’atteindre. Rappelons ce qui devrait être, même en matière de commerce, une évidence : la primauté du droit à l’alimentation, des objectifs sociaux, environnementaux, de lutte contre la pauvreté et les injustices. Parler sinon de développement n’a tout simplement aucun sens.
Well, I don't have a story, but I am working with an Organization that is working hard in reducing poverty and food insecurity in Liberia. This Organization is helping in many ways, some of the ways are: giving food aid to public schools, giving ration to girls in public schools to encourage the girl child education, empowering low land farmers through cash for work and food for work, nutrition intervention, creating a ready market for farmers to sell their proceeds which we called Purchase for Progress (P4P) and etc.
Its a great advantage for me to share my story online especially for the development of others and the world at large. I came from a struggle family (low income family) as its popular known or called in Nigeria. Feeding the family was a great challenge especially in a family of five (5) upward, I was born into a family of four. as it was generally understand among the poor families that after food other problems are easy, many recognize food as the major problem facing by many family in Nigeria even the so called average set of people. up till the present moment many youth of my age still find it difficult to survive, I did different kind of job/work to survive my family after I finish from secondary school, I sponsor my education with the little income I made from labour work. to mention but few, if we can fight poverty, many lives will be save and live longer because there will be happiness in the society.
BACKGROUND OF BAREC MICROFINANCE PROJECT
BAREC microfinance project was established in Nanketewah, a suburb of Sunyani in Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana in the year 2010 as a pilot project with only one women group. And currently operates 15 women groups throughout the Region. In the year 2011, BAREC secured funds from a Rotary Club in Canada for the second phase of the project. The funding helped BAREC to expand into secondary towns, reach more clients, and grow faster than it could have on its own. BAREC staff also received capacity building training i.e. Instructional Skills Workshops (ISW) from the Canadian counterparts at Vancouver Island University (VIU). BAREC has made remarkable strides in helping poverty-stricken citizens—especially women to engage in income-generating activities and thereby stimulate local level development. BAREC supports income earning opportunities and helps its beneficiaries to achieve food and income security through microenterprise training and soft loan in a solidarity group’s programme. As of December 31, 2010, BAREC was serving 20 people in one women group, 100 percent of who are all women. The portfolio at risk rate for loan balances overdue more than 30 days was a modest 0.5 percent.
The BAREC Microfinance project plays a key role in enhancing people’s livelihood especially women protective strategies against disasters and other harmful events.
HELP IMPROVE LIBERIAN LIVING STANDARDS (H.I.L.L.S-LIBERIA)
BUCHANAN, GRD. BASSA COUNTY-LIBERIA, WEST AFRICA. The passion, the desire and willingness to start Hills Liberia came about as the result of the civil crisis which raged our nation into war 1990 as the result of bad governance and illiteracy that brought a lot of assaults, neglect faced by Liberians in the diasporas into neighboring countries like Guinea, Cote d'voire, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria etc.
Countless numbers of children were left orphans
Street kids as alot of street kids and single mothers roam the street.
HILLS Liberia set in with 10 pillow to bring in the smile and restore hope via volunteering actions in colaboration with leader at the local camp management providing couselling and study classes and later advocacy with international partners for providing spot meal for street kids.
The dream was not kept as a personal property but disclosed to many Liberians who bought the necessities of the idea as the civil war in Liberia was greatly determine by hates, poverty, high illiteracy rate and lack of love. With these on mind, we came home with our expert. We work to institute voluntary activities and provide sanity for rural people. Our committed Board head by David R. Blaye Sr., who is committed to supporting us morally in our undertakings and our ever ready volunteers standing by to assist the communities’ members. Our offices are located in Buchanan, Robert Street, Grand Bassa County before the Liberia Red Cross Office. Offices'day : MONDAYS-FRIDAY HOURS : 10:00AM- 16:00HRS
You can visit our website: www.hillsbuchananorg.webs.com
We are now into community development & community peace hub
Volunteering regularly for Hand-On-Manila and Habitat for Humanity not just gives me an opportunity to glorify God with the body he blessed me by doing tons of physical activities during builds, but it envelopes me with a warm and happy feeling to be somewhat being a part of a team that in someway sounds like building God's kingdom here on earth by constructing houses at various locations in Metro Manila, Philippines for our less fortunate brothers and sisters, especially those who lost their homes brought upon by various typhoons that hit the Metro a few years back. Volunteering gives me a sense of purpose and fulfillment in my life, and working with the families who will eventually live in these houses makes me strive to give my best at all times to ensure they will have a safe, well built, and comfortable houses to live in. And in the process, I also enlarge my territories by meeting new people, collaborating with them, and form new teams in our successive builds in the future. - Ahtila Carlo A. Cosio, 32, Manila, Philippines
pour lutter contre la pauvreté et la faim, dans les tiers monde, en république démocratique du Congo en particulier, nous procédions en notre qualité d'Ingenier Agronome a la formation des mamas dans les activités maraicheres pour accroitre leurs révenus. et puis nous sommes entrein de promouvoir la culture des legumineuse, sur tout le haricot doré par ce qu'il se développe bien dans les conditions des sols pauvre et sablauneux, les quels des conditions sont carractéristique des sols des pays pauvre et sur tout les pays de l'Afrique. les legumineuses sont tres riche en proteine et peuvent se substituer a la viende qui en contiennent en grandes quantité, mais qui n'est pas accécible a touts les mondes vue sont coût elevée.
My name is Ifesinachi Sam-Emuwa, Nigeria. I have had great experiences as a volunteer and want to say that volunteer actions really counts, especially as regards the achievement of sustainable developments and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). I'm passionate about reducing poverty and hunger by volunteering to empower young people and women with sustainable skill acquisition with which they can use to earn income and fend for themselves as well as their families. I have worked for Treasureland Health Builders Initiative a non governmental organization in Nigeria as a volunteer for six years now and part of my volunteering works can be found in:
In 2008, as a medical doctor I was work in kei island, Indonesia. Kei island is one of remote area in Indonesia in molluca province. I found a lot of malnourished children in a very fertile area of its natural. I was with my friend set up a nutritional nursing care, we called it THerapeutic Feeding Center, an institution which is simple place. In TFC, malnourished children treated and mothers were given education and will live a clean and healthy. Within 9 months of us care for as many as 50 children.
The poverty and hunger is the two main factors which are stand like a mountain in front of the poor community, Yet there is plenty of food in the world for everyone. The problem is that hungry people are trapped in severe poverty. They lack the money to buy enough food to nourish themselves. Being constantly malnourished, they become weaker and often sick. This makes them increasingly less able to work, which then makes them even poorer and hungrier. This downward spiral often continues until death for them and their families. I have the experience of a family, the total number of this family were 6 people, A kind mother who had 5 children, one 14 years old son and 4 illiterate daughters. recently her husband died, so this brave lady started working outside to earn some money and find some food for her children, she was working in other houses her job was to wash cloths, clean houses, cooking etc and some time she was standing along the street and requesting the people to help her, for a few weeks she has continued, but due to her sickness she could not continue her work, finally her son decided to stop his study and work somewhere to bring food for his family who was studding in 8th class of school. so he did and he started work of digging of well, he was earning enough money to support his family, but one day he decided to return earlier home, he told his mother that the well I am digging is almost finished and today I will receive the money and coming home earlier, then we well go to market to purchase some house need items and also to purchase dress for you and my sisters told her mother, all were happy at the family on that day and Mom told him today I will prepare your favorite dish at home. On the morning he left home around 10:00 am his death body brought back home, he was seriously injured in a Mine accident and later on died on the way to hospital, now in his family only her mother and 4 sisters are there, but there is no one to earn money at least for their 3 times food, there are so many story like this who are struggling for poverty and hunger, so we need to help them and find out solution for their problems in order to stable their life, we need to fight against the poverty and hunger all around the world to remove this catastrophe from all around the world.