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2017 Global Food Security Symposium: Key Takeaways

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2017 Global Food Security Symposium: Key Takeaways

From March 29-30, Senior Development and Communications Associate Alyssa Palmquist attended the  2017 Global Food Security Symposium: ‘Stability in the 21st Century’ in Washington, DC. The two-day symposium brought together thought leaders, civil servants, entrepreneurs and farmers to discuss the most pressing food security challenges in the world today. Hosted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the symposium brought together “top visionaries from every sector to generate the productive dialogue and actions necessary...

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Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies: A Photo Essay

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Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies: A Photo Essay

Nyiranganduhimana Claudine is a mother of four from Bumbogo, Rwanda. She joined GHI’s first cohort of mothers in our Antenatal Care Program last August while she was five months pregnant with her fourth child.   At Claudine’s first training she eagerly told our staff that “these trainings will increase our knowledge.” She added, “community health workers used to tell us what food to eat while pregnant, like fruits, dodo [amaranth], and animal source foods,” but mentioned that she often struggled to gain access to these types of food. “If...

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Engaging Men: A GHI Pilot Program

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Engaging Men: A GHI Pilot Program

Rwanda is a country politically committed to gender equality: 64% of parliamentarians are women, and women are represented throughout all levels of government. The law also ensures men and women have equal rights to land ownership. Yet, gender disparities continue to exist in Rwandan households. The societal norms that promote equality of women in government are slower to be adapted within the households. Culturally, land remains controlled by men, and on average more land is allocated to crops traditionally grown by men. Negotiating the...

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Gardens for Health Presents at the INGENAES Symposium

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Gardens for Health Presents at the INGENAES Symposium

Hi! I’m Maggie Wilson, and I’m one of the Global Health Corps fellows and the M&E Officer here at Gardens for Health. I’m excited to be writing today as a guest blogger! Last month I had the exciting opportunity to represent Gardens for Health at the INGENAES Global Symposium and Learning Exchange* in Lusaka, Zambia. The conference brought together practitioners working with agriculture extension programs in 37 different countries for an engaging three days of discussion around the question: How do we apply new knowledge and resources so...

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Kigeme Refugee Camp Training

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Kigeme Refugee Camp Training

Several weeks ago, Gardens for Health launched a series of innovative new trainings at Kigeme Refugee Camp in Southern Rwanda. Kigeme Refugee Camp, founded in 2011, is home to over 18,000 refugees, most of whom originated from the Eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Kigeme refugee camp is shifting from direct food aid to providing cash transfers. This means people will have much more autonomy in the food they purchase and eat. It also means that we have a crucial window of opportunity in which to ensure that...

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4 Reasons Malnutrition is About More than Food Security

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4 Reasons Malnutrition is About More than Food Security

The world is in a nutrition crisis. Malnutrition directly affects one in three people, making it one of the most prominent issues affecting global health. Of the 667 million children under the age of five, researchers estimate that 159 million are either chronically malnourished or stunted. That is almost a quarter of children globally. [1] In Rwanda that number is even higher. On average, 37 percent of children under 5 are chronically malnourished. [2] A common misconception is that malnutrition results from a lack of food to eat. However,...

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What the Global Women’s March Means for GHI

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What the Global Women’s March Means for GHI

Last weekend, millions of people gathered around the world to march for equality, diversity, inclusion and respect for women’s rights as human rights. The goal of the women’s march, was to “build and empower a persistent global network that will organize future campaigns and actions in support of progressive values including women’s rights.” The march was not a US election-specific protest, but rather was meant to galvanize people to defend women’s rights around the world. At Gardens for Health, empowering women is at the core of our...

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Supporting Community Growth Monitoring Campaigns

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Supporting Community Growth Monitoring Campaigns

Community growth monitoring campaigns are always an exciting and busy time for our team.  Three times a year, before each new season, we join with community health workers (CHWs) at remote sites across the Musanze District of Northern Rwanda to weigh and measure children. As part of the Ministry of Health’s First 1000 Days Community-Based Food and Nutrition Programs, the Government of Rwanda conducts routine growth monitoring of children across the country using community health workers to reach families in need. At GHI we utilize these...

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The True Meaning of Turi Kumwe

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The True Meaning of Turi Kumwe

In Kinyarwanda turi kumwe means “we are together”. At Gardens for Health, turi kumwe encompasses the ethos of our community and our model.  The turi kumwe spirit of our organization has manifested itself in many forms, perhaps most notably in the form of the Turi Kumwe Fund. The Turi Kumwe Fund was started in 2011 by GHI staff who recognized that, while our intervention is designed to provide comprehensive and holistic solutions to malnutrition, vulnerable families will often struggle with challenges beyond what GHI’s core programs are able...

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#gratefulghi Photo Essay

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#gratefulghi Photo Essay

At Gardens for Health, we are constantly reminded of the many things we have to be grateful for. In honor of Thanksgiving, we asked some of our staff and partner families to share what they are thankful for with the hashtag #gratefulghi throughout the month of November. While it didn’t have to be GHI-related, almost every comment tells a story of appreciation about our organization and the incredible impact we are having in Rwanda. See a sample of posts below! Inkuru mu mafoto – #Gushima Muri Gardens for Health, buri gihe duhora twibuka...

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