Posts Tagged: “Homestead Food Production”

Show Your Newborn Love

Doug Steinberg visits a village where HKI's Homestead Food Production is helping mothers raise healthier children
map_of_burkina-faso

Doug Steinberg’s second post as his travels with NY Times Journalist, Nicholas Kristof to Burkina Faso.

Today we drove west from Niamey, the capital of Niger, into eastern Burkina Faso. The evening before, there was a torrential rain, and the desert is blooming. We drove into a somewhat moister climate, and the thorn trees gave way to large broad-leaf trees, including the Shea butternut tree, which is the source of the Shea butter found in many cosmetics.

At the town of Fada N’Gourma in eastern Burkina, we turned onto a track heading off into the bush, which we followed to the village of Zona-Tenga, a site of our Homestead Food Production program.  We work with groups of women, particularly those of child bearing age, to diversify their diets by growing vitamin-rich vegetables and tending to small livestock, such as chickens and goats. These foods are excellent sources of vitamin A, iron, protein and fats – all of which are lacking in the diets of women and children in this region.

more…

(0) Comments
Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Categories Africa, Reducing Malnutrition

The Power of Nutrition: Meet HKI’s Dr. Victoria Quinn

An interview with HKI's Senior Vice President of Programs
Victoria Quinn in Bangladesh

Have you ever heard the saying, “You are what you eat?” In working for Helen Keller International, I’ve come to realize that this simple adage can mean different things to different people. In America, we often say it when we’re talking about losing weight. In developing countries, this simple phrase becomes a powerful reminder of the life and death impact nutrition can have on the lives of millions of people, especially young children. No one understands the importance of nutrition better than Dr. Victoria Quinn, HKI’s Senior Vice President of Programs. I met with Victoria recently to learn more about her background in nutrition and her views on the importance of nutrition on world health.

more…

(4) Comments
Tags: , , , , , , ,
Categories Africa, Asia-Pacific, Helen Keller, Reducing Malnutrition, Staff Profiles

Thanks Mom

Mother and Child in Burkina Faso ©Bartay/HKI

In just a few days we officially celebrate Mother’s Day. At Helen Keller International, we celebrate mothers all year round since they are crucial to the success of our program that prevent blindness and reduce malnutrition.

One constant I have observed while traveling to HKI’s programs around the world is the love that mothers have for their children and their willingness to try new things to ensure their health and happiness.

more…

(1) Comment
Tags: , , , , , ,
Categories Africa, Preventing Blindness, Reducing Malnutrition

World Traveler for Public Health: Meet HKI’s Nancy Haselow

An interview with HKI's Vice President and Regional Director for Asia-Pacific
Nancy Haselow in China

Have you ever met anyone who has visited and worked in over 50 countries and lived in Zaïre, Niger, Cambodia, Vietnam, The Philippines, Cameroon, Senegal and the U.S.? We have, and it’s our Vice President and Regional Director for Asia-Pacific, Nancy J. Haselow. I recently asked Nancy to tell us about her career in public health, and found someone who is not only an inveterate traveler, but also a tireless crusader for improving the lives of as many vulnerable people as possible.

more…

(2) Comments
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,
Categories Africa, Asia-Pacific, Helen Keller, Preventing Blindness, Reducing Malnutrition, Staff Profiles, United States

How to Be Inspired by Your Job Every Day: Meet HKI’s Kathy Spahn

An interview with HKI's President and CEO
Kathy Spahn in Mozambique

Have you ever dreamt about having more fun at your job, or wondered why some people really look forward to going to work every day? Ask Kathy Spahn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Helen Keller International, about her work. Even after five years, she still feels rewarded and energized by her job. I recently asked Kathy to tell us about her journey to HKI and what inspires her the most.

more…

(7) Comments
Tags: , , , , , , ,
Categories Africa, Asia-Pacific, Helen Keller, Preventing Blindness, Reducing Malnutrition, Staff Profiles, United States

The Increase in Food Prices “Costs” More Than We Think

Understanding the food crisis’ effect on nutrition
FAO Food Price Index

This post was written by HKI’s Vice President and Regional Director for Africa, Shawn Baker.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization recently announced that food prices have hit a record high. This new surge in food prices has garnered considerable media attention. From articles in the Guardian to The New York Times, people are discussing the reasons for this increase and the effect it will have on the world’s population. Many even think high food prices have sparked the recent wave of political upheaval across North Africa. However, very little attention has been paid to the far more devastating and pernicious impact that the increase in food prices is having on the general public.

more…

(1) Comment
Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Categories Africa, Reducing Malnutrition

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too

Celebrating National Carrot Cake Day
Carrots.JPG

You got to give it to Americans; we really like a reason to celebrate. Believe it or not, February 3rd is National Carrot Cake Day! On this day, we celebrate the moist, spicy, sometimes nutty, and usually-covered-in-cream-cheese-frosting, cake that has been pleasing palates for decades.  Food historians believe that carrot cake was first developed during the Middle Ages when sugars were expensive luxuries and people used the natural sugar content of carrots to sweeten desserts (this is according to foodtimeline.org).  In celebration of National Carrot Cake Day, I’d like to take a moment to pay special homage to carrot cake’s main ingredient, the carrot!

more…

(4) Comments
Tags: , , ,
Categories Preventing Blindness, Reducing Malnutrition

Homestead Food Production Highlighted at Global Conference

An HKI expert speaks about food security and nutrition
Victoria Quinn Video

“Bridging the Divide: Water Scarcity, Food Security and Health” and “What are the Major Problems in Terms of Food and Nutrition Confronting Humanity, and What Solutions Would Best Address These Problems?”  These hefty questions were posed to Victoria Quinn, HKI’s Senior Vice President of Programs, at McGill’s Third Conference on Global Food Security in October.

more…

(0) Comments
Tags: , , ,
Categories Reducing Malnutrition

How was your day?

Addressing the Gender Gap

Gender inequities occur around the world. In Bangladesh, Helen Keller International conducts community-based training in gender awareness with the beneficiaries in our Homestead Food Production program to address and correct these gender differences. In the char region in the southern part of the country, where the land merges with the ocean, the bay and countless rivers and canals, husbands and wives gather together to discuss the division of labor in their household.

more…

(4) Comments
Tags: , , , ,
Categories Asia-Pacific, Reducing Malnutrition

What’s for Dinner?

Homestead Food Production in Bangladesh

Working for an organization with programs that reduce malnutrition (and prevent blindness), as Helen Keller International’s do, has some tasty benefits.

I am traveling with a film crew from Digital Development Communications to create videos of Helen Keller International’s programs in Bangladesh. Our journey has taken us to the southern area of Barisal division, in the sub-district of Barguna. We are working with local partners to implement our Homestead Food Production programs and to establish or re-establish livelihoods destroyed during Cyclone Sidr in 2007.

more…

(0) Comments
Tags: , , ,
Categories Asia-Pacific, Reducing Malnutrition