Push, Pull and Cross-Cutting Strategies
Hector Gutierrez walks through his avocado grove just after the trees have been irrigated. Water glistens on the leaves as he pulls down the brim of his cap to shade his eyes from the sun. He talks about working long days on haciendas (large farms) as a boy and, more recently, how locals from this remote town in the saddle of the Andes had resisted Shining Path militants. The 66-year-old farmer grips a fully grown avocado with one hand and holds the branch in the other.
Her eyes focused on the narrow walking path that zigzagged up the steep mountain. Her legs and shoulders burned with each step, but she was almost home. The plastic container strapped to her back weighed about 40 pounds. She strained to keep it balanced, careful not to lose a single drop of water. As a teenager, Sonia Quispe Viscardo would walk 13 miles every day to fetch water – an exhausting chore that never seemed to end. Back then, she wasn’t even sure if her precious cargo was safe to drink. “We felt like civilization would never reach our town,” she recalls.
Policy makers focus on Food Security and Nutrition Programs
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 21, 2013) - Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., and several policy makers traveled with the global poverty-fighting organization CARE on a Learning Tour to South Sudan and Tanzania to better understand the challenges and solutions to food security and nutrition in each country.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 4, 2013) - CARE applauds the U.S. Senate for unanimously approving an amendment to the Farm Bill sponsored by Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) that increases authorization for funding for a Local and Regional Procurement (LRP) program. This will increase the flexibility of the U.S. government food aid programming to reach more people more quickly.
In the year since the United Nations declared a famine in parts of Somalia, much has been accomplished. Large-scale humanitarian interventions by CARE and other agencies have helped save many lives. But families still struggle to feed themselves, and remain highly vulnerable to future events such as poor harvests, conflict-related displacement or a rise in commodity prices. Many who survived the worst of the crisis have been left without the reserves to withstand further shocks.
CARE's Pathways program empowers women to more fully engage in equitable agriculture systems.