Sustainable Agriculture

Feb 21, 2018 by Tom Post

What is Courage?

Duong Thoeun is a courageous woman. This Cambodian mother of three young children had the courage to try to something different, to say no to the “usual way” and now, with the help of her children, earns $7 a day from her cucumber harvest—pretty good money in rural Cambodia!

Feb 9, 2018 by Christina de Jong

Five Years, Five Countries, Many Thousands

Today, after agri-preneurship and crop cycles training, Mrs. Chimutha’s average monthly income has increased to USD $200/month, and there is enough food left to feed the family. She is actively participating in a village savings and loans group, is paying for her daughter’s schooling, and is contributing to the building of their family home.

Dec 19, 2017 by Daniel Lepp Friesen

Food for the Body and Food for the Spirit

The story of Reverend Bahago’s declaration begins four years ago, when CES began working in Medina, a predominantly Muslim village (as are most in this country), named after one of the religious cities in Saudi Arabia. The residents of Medina had invited CES to assist them in improving their community, a process which involved the growth of a new local leadership team called a Village Development Committee.

Sep 25, 2017 by Mark VanderWees

Victor's Soda Shop

Entering Victor Solano’s house in rural Nicaragua, you might think you are walking into in a soda shop. Big plastic soda bottles of every brand — Coke, Pepsi, Sprite and several brands local to Nicaragua — line the exterior walls of his home.

Sep 19, 2017 by Kathleen Lauder

Finding a Way to Stay in the Village

In Cambodia, the pull is strong for people to migrate from their rural communities to cities like Phnom Penh, and neighboring countries like Thailand, where jobs are available with a steady wage. Unable to earn a living wage in their communities, men and women leave their families to survive.

Sep 16, 2017 by Juvêncio Mataria

Small Scale Farmers Find Farming Profitable at Long Last

Niassa province in northeast Mozambique in particular has the ideal makings of a robust farming community but continues to struggle with low agricultural productivity among the small-scale farmers who depend on traditional farming methods and low-yield seed varieties. These rural poor have little buffer against food insecurity.

Sep 14, 2017 by Steve Sywulka


My colleague Faye and I were visiting the homes of people who had attended a World Renew-sponsored permaculture course earlier this year. It was a sunny day and I enjoyed seeing the hills in the distance as we drove to the village. “Great place to hike” said Faye, pointing at one of the hills. We started at one church and then made our way from house to house as each person proudly showed us what he or she had accomplished since the training event.

Aug 23, 2017 by Christina de Jong

Crops Destroyed by Fall Armyworm

Struggling families in East and Southern Africa are facing scarcity, in part due to a widespread infestation of the fall armyworm.

Jul 10, 2017 by Juvêncio Mataria

"They thought I was crazy"

In 2012, World Renew and the Canadian government began a five-year program aimed at stabilizing food production in Mozambique and four other countries. The program sought to enhance food security, stimulate sustainable economic growth, and build a community’s ability to set priorities and implement community-initiated plans. In Mozambique, World Renew collaborated with the Diocese of Niassa to address food security using “farm field schools,” where they could demonstrate and teach appropriate technologies and test new methods alongside traditional ones. Farm field schools rely on the adage “seeing is believing,” knowing that the time and effort invested will be repaid in farmers’ ready adaptation of methods they can see with their own eyes.

Jun 20, 2017 by Andrew Gwaivangmin

Improved Livelihoods through Creative Enterprise in Sierra Leone

During last year’s harvest, as other farmers grumbled about low yield, Mustapha Fofana hoped for a bumper rice harvest. Mustapha had reason to hope: last year he harvested 180 bushels! “I used to grow just enough rice for my household to eat. But now,” he says proudly, “I can keep some and sell the surplus to pay my children’s school fees, buy school supplies, pay family medical bills, and meet other household needs.”