International Rural Development
“Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community. We alleviate suffering and provide assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality.”
Compatibile Technology International (CTI), Minnesota
“CTI works to improve the lives of people in developing countries by designing food and water technologies that are sustainable and appropriate to local cultures, and by collaborating with in-country organizations to identify needs and to achieve widespread use of our technologies to relieve hunger and poverty.”
EARTH University, Costa Rica
“Located in Guácimo, Limón, Costa Rica, EARTH is a private, international, non-profit university dedicated to education in the field of agricultural sciences and the rational use of natural resources. Graduates earn a licenciatura degree in Agronomy.”
“Our mission is to network with community leaders in developing countries to seek hunger solutions for families growing food under difficult conditions. Our vision< is to bring glory to God and a blessing to mankind by using science and technology to help the poor. ECHO is currently impacting 180 Countries reducing hunger and improving lives!”
“The European Union as a whole (i.e., the Member States and the Commission) is one of the world’s main humanitarian aid donors; the Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) is the service of the European Commission responsible for this activity.”
“The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information. We help developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. Since our founding in 1945, we have focused special attention on developing rural areas, home to 70 percent of the world’s poor and hungry people.”
Harness-Aid, United Kingdom
“Our aim… To educate and advise on appropriate, sustainable methods of equine harnessing in developing countries and to create a better understanding in the use and manufacture of harness systems used by draught animals worldwide.”
“The HEART (Hunger Education And Resources Training) Institute is an interdenominational training center designed to prepare people to serve effectively in the Third World. Located in subtropical Florida. In addition to practical and technical skills, participants acquire problem solving and coping skills that will enable them to adapt more readily to the challenges they will face overseas.”
“Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre (KATC) is a farmer-training institution near Lusaka, Zambia. It is operated by members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). From its beginning in 1974 until 1990 it taught conventional (industrial) agriculture, but then shifted to organic, sustainable agriculture. KATC offers a series of short courses (3 days to 2 weeks) in organic agriculture (e.g., biological pest management, animal draft power), conducts field days at its own demonstration plots, farms, rural areas, and schools in the area. It also prepares weekly radio programs for Yatsani community radio, and promotes formation of study circles in the villages (adult participatory education).”
Land O’Lakes International Development, Minnesota
“Since 1981, Land O’Lakes International Development has been making a difference in people’s lives and local economies. Land O’Lakes applies an integrated approach to international development that capitalizes on Land O’Lakes 85+ years as a leading farm-to-market agribusiness. Land O’Lakes International Development brings this difference—our in-depth knowledge of crop, livestock and dairy production, marketing, business management and cooperative principles—to every international development project. And through this approach, we help implement successful and sustainable projects, create profitable businesses, and drive economic growth worldwide.”
“Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) sponsors international farmers to come to the United States for training and cultural exchange with host placements that promote sustainable agriculture. Since 1997, MESA has sponsored nearly 400 global farm stewards at over 200 U.S. host placements.”
“The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship. Since that time, more than 195,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.”
The blog webpage of Tillers’ PeaceHarvest project, in partnership with Professor Todd Whitmore of Notre Dame.
Program of Vaccination and Communal Development of Nicaragua of the Baptist Convention of Nicaragua.
Rancho Ebenezer, Nicaragua
“The purpose of Rancho Ebenezer (RAEME) is to teach the rural poor how to raise crops and produce animal protein to meet their families’ needs. Small groups of families are brought from cooperating villages to the teaching/research farm, given hands-on training in the production of small domestic animals (chickens, rabbits, goats), taught the basics of soil restoration and reforestation, and the production of feed and food crops on small plots of land.”
Red Latinoamericana de Tracción Animal (RELATA)
“Twende is a young Tanzanian NGO dedicated to improving the lives and fortunes of African people by the development and promotion of appropriate technology.”
“U.S. foreign assistance has always had the twofold purpose of furthering America’s foreign policy interests in expanding democracy and free markets while improving the lives of the citizens of the developing world. Spending less than one-half of 1 percent of the federal budget, USAID works around the world to achieve these goals. USAID’s history goes back to the Marshall Plan reconstruction of Europe after World War Two and the Truman Administration’s Point Four Program. In 1961, the Foreign Assistance Act was signed into law and USAID was created by executive order. Since that time, USAID has been the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms.”
Working Villages International (WVI), Maine / Democratic Republic of Congo
“Working Villages International is a non-profit organization dedicated to building self-sufficient, environmentally sustainable villages all over the world. Our village model is founded on Gandhian principles of local production for local consumption and meaningful employment. What makes WVI unique is its concentrated and comprehensive approach and potential for replicatability; instead of solving problems at the symptom level, WVI addresses the root causes of hunger, unemployment and violence using a development model that can be adjusted to almost any region in the world. WVI has grown in leaps and bounds since its inception, and we look forward to building villages of hope for many years to come.”
- Agricultural Engineering in Development. Basic Blacksmithing: a Training Manual. UN FAO Agricultural Services Bulletin #88 vol. 1, 1999. ISBN 9789251027387.
- Agricultural Engineering in Development. Intermediate Blacksmithing: a Training Manual. UN FAO Agricultural Services Bulletin #88 vol. 2, 1999. ISBN 9789251027394.
- Agricultural Engineering in Development. Advanced Blacksmithing: a Training Manual. UN FAO Agricultural Services Bulletin #88 vol. 3, 1999. ISBN 9789251028032.
- Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty by Scott Kilman and Roger Thurow