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World Food Day 2017, Migration and Rural Development

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World Food Day 2017, Migration and Rural Development

This year’s World Food Day theme appropriately focuses on migration, at a time when human displacement both within and across nations is at the highest rate in half a century. Conflict, poverty, and exceptional weather changes are prompting movement across the globe, and food insecurity is one of the largest contributing factors forcing people from their homes. Many of the world’s most impoverished and food insecure populations live in rural areas where lack of economic opportunity forces families to relocate in search of better conditions....

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How Malnutrition Affects Cognitive Development in Children Under Two

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How Malnutrition Affects Cognitive Development in Children Under Two

Garden for Health International (GHI) targets Rwanda’s most vulnerable families for comprehensive nutrition intervention within the first 1000 days of a child’s life. Acutely and chronically malnourished children under two are the primary demographic GHI identifies when enrolling new families into our agriculture and health trainings. This is largely due to strong evidence linking early childhood malnutrition with impaired cognitive development. Nutritional intervention in earlier stages of malnutrition increases the chance of a child...

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Staff Spotlight Series: Anysie Ishimwe

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Staff Spotlight Series: Anysie Ishimwe

Staff Spotlight Series: Anysie Ishimwe This month, we will be featuring several of our staff, fellows, and interns in a special series to highlight both the various aspects of our work as well as the amazing individuals who make it happen. As our work is interdisciplinary in nature, so is our staff. This series will underscore just how important the many moving pieces are to fulfilling our mission and work at Gardens for Health. We truly operate under our motto: “Turi Kumwe”- we are together! Our first staff spotlight features Anysie Ishimwe!...

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Food Source and Consumption Patterns in GHI Partner Families

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Food Source and Consumption Patterns in GHI Partner Families

According to the Rwanda Environment Management Authority [REMA], (2009), over 70% of the land of Rwanda is used for agriculture. However, Rwanda also has one of the highest population densities in Africa. According to the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (2015), in 2012, there were about 645 inhabitants per square kilometer. Because the population of Rwanda continues to increase, this puts pressure on the land and the ability of families to grow their own food. As a result, household access to food varies from one family to another...

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Helping a Family have a Home Through a GHI – GHC Partnership

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Helping a Family have a Home Through a GHI – GHC Partnership

Housing and health are intricately linked, and poor housing conditions have major negative impacts on human health. Examples of key housing-related risks include respiratory and cardiovascular diseases from indoor air pollution; communicable diseases spread because of poor living conditions; and risks of home injuries for both children and elderly people. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that nearly 2 million people in developing countries such as Rwanda die from indoor air pollution alone. The scientific evidence on the links...

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GHI Celebrates World Refugee Day

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GHI Celebrates World Refugee Day

The number of refugees around the world is at a record high. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that there are 21.3 million refugees globally over 65.3 million forcibly displaced people. Conflict and persecution forces an average of 33,972 persons per day (or 24 people per minute!) to leave their homes in search of protection elsewhere. Each year on June 20 the United Nations, United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and countless organizations celebrate World Refugee Day in order to draw the...

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Q&A on Fatherhood

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Q&A on Fatherhood

This Father’s Day we sat down with GHI’s Deputy Country Director, Kamanda Kamiri, for a discussion on fatherhood, the importance of engaging fathers in our work, his own experience as a father, and how GHI has impacted his family.   What are your children’s names? My two gorgeous daughters are Kamanda Portia (meaning offering in Latin) and Kamanda Nita (meaning Grace in Hindi). Portia is 2.9 years and Nita is 1 month old.   What does being a father mean to you? My two little angels are my motivation to wake up every day. They...

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Statement on UN World Environment Day

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Statement on UN World Environment Day

What United Nations World Environment Day Means at Gardens for Health   Today the United Nations celebrates World Environment Day, an occasion for each of us to take pause and reconnect to nature. At Gardens for Health International (GHI), we are honoring World Environment Day by reflecting on how our work connects people to nature and moves the human race towards a more sustainable way of life. The UN mobilized a global movement towards sustainability through its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Two of these SDGs are...

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Reflections on Fatherhood

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Reflections on Fatherhood

This Father’s Day, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Katembo Faustin, writes about fatherhood, his personal experience as a father, how GHI engages fathers, and more! Parenthood is such an amazing experience! As a young parent with two boys (Rico, the first born [3.5 years] and Naldo, the second born [1 and a half months]), I have learned and expect to continue to learn a lot about raising children. It has never been an individual experience but a shared responsibility with my wife. Before I was a parent, I anticipated that being a father...

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2017 Boston Food Tank Summit: Summary and Thoughts

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2017 Boston Food Tank Summit: Summary and Thoughts

On Saturday, April 1st the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition hosted the 2017 Boston Food Tank Summit. Like all efforts supported by Food Tank – ‘the think tank for food’ -this summit was designed to inspire a global community of innovators pushing for food systems change in America and beyond. Over the course of the day, an impressive list of speakers—from Tufts professors, to farmers, to registered dietitians—offered their impression of the current state of food systems as well as their take on potential solutions. All...

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