Sustainable Development Goals

Josefa Breathes a Sigh of Relief

Josefa Breathes a Sigh of Relief

We asked Josefa Gonzales, a new participant in Chunox, Belize, what makes her happy. “When I have plenty of food for my family to eat and I’m not wringing my hands worrying where the next meal will come from,” she says.

Because of supporters like you, Josefa and her family now grow their own food supply, using organic, regenerative farming methods that nourish people and the planet.

Celebrating World Wildlife Day

Celebrating World Wildlife Day

This World Wildlife Day, we’d like to introduce you to some of the dazzling wildlife being protected through sustainable farming. Critical habitats may be threatened by deforestation, but you can ensure its protection!

Process Makes Perfect

Process Makes Perfect

Many communities across the globe could benefit from our program. So, how do we go about deciding where to work? Renée Johnson, our executive director, explains how we selected our two newest communities in Belize.

Taking the #PledgeForParity

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations says giving women the same access as men to agricultural resources could increase production on women's farms in developing countries by 20 to 30 percent. This could raise total agricultural production in developing countries by 2.5 to 4 percent and alleviate the hunger of 100 to 150 million people.

We see every year how access to agricultural resources help women. Right now, a third of our program partners are women with entrepreneurial spirits who are farming to help their families survive while achieving their ambitions and becoming leaders in their communities to help “pay it forward.”

Parakeets and All

It had been six years since I last visited Isabel’s farm and I didn’t know what to expect. The sound of rocks scraping the bottom of the rental car had gotten worse since picking up three additional passengers. After thirty minutes of jolting along the dusty road, I was relieved when we had to walk the last quarter mile. The hedge of hibiscus preceding the path to Isabel’s house looked the same, but the farm beyond looked less abundant than I remembered. I began to worry that our efforts had been in vain.

Graduation in El Tulé!

The room was packed. Proud farming families were dressed in their best clothing. Babies were asleep in their mother’s or brother’s arms. The doors and windows were adorned with palms and bunches of plantains hung from the ceiling like chandeliers.

The families present had arrived in myriad ways—some on foot, some in the backs of trucks or on motorcycles—however they could. Each of these families began working with Sustainable Harvest International field trainers in 2008. Before working with Sustainable Harvest International, their lives were very different. The land they farmed looked different. In fact, the land where they lived looked different, too.

The graduation ceremony was a chance for these graduating families to speak directly to their peers and fellow farmers, and to the board and staff members who traveled to El Tulé to be a part of the festivities.