“Whereas most aid projects try to relieve poverty by helping people to make a cash income, this project’s primary focus is to help people to produce food for their own households.”
The Chikukwa project was initiated in 1991 when the spring which had served about 50 households in Chitekete village for their water supply dried up. This was the culmination of a growing crisis, caused by clearing of the original forest vegetation, combined with over grazing and cropping. Six neighbours tried digging for water. But with further rains, the spring silted up again. So they organized a one week permaculture design workshop. They invited five householders from each village, traditional leaders and representatives of youth and went on to set up a “permaculture club”.
With their newfound skills, the club began collecting seeds, establishing legume trees, orchards and vegetable plots, starting nurseries for fruit trees. Getting the help of other community members, they initiated working parties to fence off the springs and plant indigenous species, to plant woodlots and fence them, to put in contour bunds and swales.
Their successes led to the formation of similar permaculture clubs in all the six villages.
Much more in the pdf below, and at thechikukwaproject.com
chikukwa project (pdf)
Already 56,000 people have pledged to support a global ‘internet seed swap’ initiative promoted by Avaaz,. Trouble is, the plans are deeply flawed, and have been developed without consultation with major seed saving groups worldwide. They also claimed the approval of the famous activist Vandana Shiva, but had to apologize when she said she didn’t approve of it!
Is Avaaz just another NGO trying to make a buck out of others’ misfortune, or is there something more sinister going on? You be the judge.
Read the full article wrongkindofgreen.org
archived as pdf: Avaazs_Global_Ebay_of_Seeds
Whenever there is a tragedy, the American Red Cross revs up its fundraising machines. The public is inundated with slick television commercials and the money pours in. So much money that very often the American Red Cross receives 70% of ALL the donations made by the public to help the victims in any given high profile event.
Where does all that money go? Be prepared to be shocked. Here’s how bad it is: The charity has hired a fancy law firm to fight a public request filed with New York state, arguing that information about its Sandy activities is a “trade secret.” Red Cross: “We’re not answering any questions about anything” – See more at: propublica.org.
Archived here as pdf.
Mainstream media would have us believe that a popular government has been ousted by the military. Whatever the truth may be, looking at what people do is more important than listening to what they say. Here’s an article by Tony Cartalucci which indicates that what’s happening in Thailand might offer hope for all who want to see the current dominators of the world defeated.and a return to common sense.
Archived here as pdf Thai_Coup_Ushers_in_Organic_Farming_Initiative
China View reporters visited a woman in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. She and her husband have dedicated themselves to planting trees and fighting desertification for nearly three decades.
An investment branch of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) aid agency has come under fire for subsidizing Avance Ingenieros to build elite housing projects in El Salvador at the expense of the UK taxpayer, according to an investigation by the Guardian newspaper. This is not an accident or mistake, it’s policy. http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=15954
See also British aid money invested in gated communities and shopping centres which shows that this is not an isolated case.
Patrick Alley at TEDxExeter talks about how the logging industry and governments have conned people into believing that legal logging is ok and that organizations like the WWF are helping to improve the state of our forests.
There’s an article on the redd-monitor site that’s worth reading too.
USAID’s so-called ‘democracy promotion programmes’ are designed to foment dissent against governments unfriendly to Washington
By Linda S.Heard | Special to Gulf News
Published: 20:00 April 21, 2014
There is no such thing as a free lunch as states that are recipients of western aid understand only too well. The naive may believe that foreign aid is a tool to help developing countries; sceptics are convinced it’s a quid pro quo enabling wealthy powers to exercise geopolitical policy objectives. In a documentary, filmmaker John Pilger made the case that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund are “The New Rulers of the World” on behalf of their largest donor countries — the US, the UK, Germany, France and Japan. But some less powerful nations are alleging that one agency — the US Agency for International Development (USAID) — is acting as a front for the CIA.
If you want to feel happier—and who doesn’t—what should you do with that $20 you have in your pocket? The evidence is clear, according to a new research paper: You should use it to help someone in need.
Psychologists Elizabeth Dunn and Lara Aknin, along with Michael Norton of Harvard Business School, report that the benefits of helping others “are evident in givers old and young in countries around the world, and extend to not only subjective well-being, but also objective health.”
More in the full article on the Pacific Standard website.
Archived here: Be_Happier_Spend_More_Money_on_Others