the VOA Special English Development Report.
Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that poor countries will spend up
to one hundred seventy billion dollars this year to import food. This is an increase of forty percent from
last year. The United Nations agency
says the rising price of food over the past year is a serious problem because
most hungry people also live in poverty.
humanitarian organization based in Washington, D.C. has a new anti-hunger
project. Women for Women International
is teaching poor women in Sudan and Rwanda a new food production system called
commercial integrated farming. The
women are trained to grow crops that not only feed their families, but also
earn them a profit.
Morris is program director at Women for Women International. The group launched
its commercial integrated farming program in Rwanda. Female farmers receive information about what kind of seeds to
use, how to farm without chemicals and when to harvest. The program also provides business skills
training. Mizz Morris says women being
trained in Rwanda could more than triple the amount of money they earn from
With integrated farming, the women raise
animals and different crops on one piece of land. Animal waste provides fertilizer. Some of the crops can be used
as animal feed. In Rwanda, the women
have been able to grow traditional crops like bananas and sorghum grain along
side higher-value crops, such as pineapples.
A hectare of farmland in Rwanda used to earn about four hundred twenty
dollars a year. But a family using integrated
farming techniques on the same piece of land can earn as much as three thousand
five hundred dollars a year.
for Women International works with local community partners to design and carry
out its integrated farming program.
Grace Fisiy is an agricultural business expert working in Rwanda and
Sudan. She says the local media in both countries have helped educate people
about integrated farming.
Women for Women International plans to
train at least three thousand women in Sudan and Rwanda. Mizz Fisiy hopes the program will expand to
other countries as well.
And that's the VOA Special English Development Report,
written by Jill Moss. You can learn about the efforts of other groups working
in developing countries at voaspecialenglish.com.