Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB) October 06, 2014
When the terms kitchen garden or home farm, are heard, one might picture a box of fresh herbs growing in the windowsill or a few tomato plants climbing up a trellis in a pot on the patio. In developing countries, however, family farming is not a popular trend. Its the key to ending poverty, stopping childhood malnutrition and saving lives.
Today, there are over 800 million hungry people in the word, with 26 percent of the worlds children suffering from malnutrition and 2 billion people having at least one micronutrient deficiency. Family farmers are making a world of difference in improving food security. This year, the UN General Assembly has designated 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming and the theme for this years World Food Day, October 16, 2014, is Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth.
Food for the Hungry (FH) is leading the charge, establishing sustainable farming programs with the goal of eradicating poverty in the worlds hardest hit areas.
FH is on the ground in some of the most remote and poverty-stricken countries, Marty Martin FHs Chief Operating Officer. Our programs are designed to help people take ownership of their development, so that over time, they will no longer be reliant on FH or any other entities to create their own sustainable future.
Below are just two of the many FH success stories that demonstrate how FH walks with communities to bring hope and progress.
Planting Hope: Seed Multiplication Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, constant internal conflict has resulted in 2 million people being displaced and 6.4 million people experiencing food insecurity. Jobs are scarce and most people survive by selling small amounts of surplus produce in local markets or taking on odd jobs. Thirty-two-year-old mother of six, Angelaine Christine Feza, was one of the many people in Kitchanga village barely getting by. Before FH came here, says Angelaine, we just survived with what we could find. My husband and I planted yams on a small piece of land. We sold what we could to put food on the table. Whatever little was left, wed take the children to school.
FH established the Emilingombe seed multiplication program in Kitchanga to help people like Feza improve the health of their crops. Here, vulnerable families improve the quality of seeds in the community, learn good agronomy practices, and feed their families. Peasant farmers learn the importance of crop spacing and weeding to ensure a better yield. They also participate in a community project such as working in the tree nursery or in seed multiplication nurseries in exchange for a monthly food ration, typically 50kg (about 110 pounds) of corn, eight kgs (17 pounds) of peas and four liters (1 gallon) of vegetable oil. As a result of her participation in this program, Angelaines hope for the future has been renewed. Since I began working here, she says, I am sure of food for my family, hunger has reduced. I was always worried about what my children would eat. At times we only ate at night. With the little food, they werent healthy.
Sowing Seeds of Change: Potato Seed Production Program in Ethiopia
Despite his best efforts, 35-year old Ethiopian father of six, Abera Anula, was unable to provide for his children due to the low productivity of his farmland. Just as he was preparing to hire human traffickers and risk his life to migrate illegally to South Africa, FH approached him and asked if he would like to participate in their improved potato seed production program. Here, he learned how to multiply good potato seeds and to distribute to fellow farmers in his community.
After the training, FH gave me 1,250kg (2.2 pounds) of potato seed for multiplication which I planted and after four months, I produced 14,000kg (31,000 pounds) of improved potato seed and sold it for about $ 2,000 USD. Abera used the proceeds to buy a hybrid milking cow and an ox, saving a portion for the money for his trip to South Africa. The following year, he produced more potato seed and sold it for an even better price. Now, I am able to rent more farm land from other farmers to expand the potato seed multiplication project. In two years, I am able to feed my children year round, supply milk and send four of my children to school. He says he still has the saved money to migrate to South Africa, but FH helped him find a better job opportunity in his own village. He has a plan to open a grinding mill with the money he has saved, providing a service to his fellow villagers. Thank you FH for opening my eyes to see a better job opportunity in my village.
There are ways to support the efforts of FH to end poverty through the FH catalog. A donation of $ 15 provides 20 food tree seedlings to grow nutritious fruits like avocados, apples, bananas, papaya, mango and oranges. A gift of $ 25 provides rural farmers with a shovel, hoe, grass cutter and machete. Sow a seed of hope with a $ 29 donation to purchase seeds for tomatoes, onions, peppers, squash, cucumbers, zucchini and legumes.
Founded in 1971, Food for the Hungry provides emergency relief and long-term development programs with operations in more than 20 countries to help the world’s most vulnerable people. Learn more by visiting fh.org. Social connections include facebook.com/foodforthehungry and twitter.com/food4thehungry.
The North American hardware encryption display market report defines and segments the concerned market in North America with analysis and forecast of revenue. This market was valued $ 4,862.8 million in 2013, and is expected to reach $ 57,116.8 million by 2018, at a CAGR of 63.7% from 2013 to 2018.
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Currently, the smartphones and tablets are the most widely used consumer electronics products, which have surpassed computer/desktop web users. Thus, it has become one of the emerging markets for hardware encryption. The hardware encryption enabled on smartphones and tablets are majorly devoid of any storage components, thus it cannot be considered as a separate product. Most enterprise-edition smartphones and tablets have a hardware encryption chip set in them, which does the encryption and decryption processes. The main strategy of the market leaders in the hardware encryption industry is to provide complete solution to protect data, which is not only limited to one product line, but is also solutions for management all sorts of devices that can store data, such as flash drives, smartphones, and tablets.
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North America is the potential market for hardware encryption as it accounted for nearly 33% of the global hardware encryption market share in 2013. The technological innovations in the field of data security solutions have led to decreasing average costs of hardware encrypted products. The resultant cost differences between hardware and non-hardware encrypted products are expected to drive the concerned market in the region. The major countries contributing to the North American hardware encryption market are the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The U.S. dominates the market, due to the top players, such as Seagate Technology Plc (U.S.) and Imitation Corporation (U.S.), who have collaborated with encryption software providers, encrypted USB flash drive players, and hardware encryption chip set manufacturers in this region.
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Hardware Encryption-Europe can be segmented by Applications, Products, Architectures, Endusers, Companies and MacroIndicators. Applications of this market are Consumer Electronics, Automotive, Networking/Communication Solutions, Military, Medical and Emerging & Next Gen applications. Products of this market are Hard disk drives, In line encryptors and Flash drive. Architectures of this market are Application Specific ICs (ASIC) and Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA). End users of this market are Industrial Manufacturing, Consumer & Commercial, Building/Infrastructure and Other End users. Companies of this market are Seagate technology plc, Western digital corp., Toshiba Corporation, SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO LTD and MICRON TECHNOLOGY INC. Macro Indicators of this market are R&D Expenditure.
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Our children are less likely to see monarch butterflies, a bumblebee, and a host of other once-common wildlife species due to farm pesticides, declining ocean health, climate change and dirty energy production, according to a new report by the Endangered Species Coalition. The report, Vanishing: Ten American Species Our Children May Never See, highlights ten disappearing species and the causes of their dramatic population declines. Additionally, the report identifies everyday actions that people can take to help slow the disappearance of our nations iconic wildlife. The report can be viewed and downloaded from the website: vanishingwildlife.org
With each passing day, our children are less and less likely to experience the full beauty of nature and see the kind of wildlife that baby boomers, Gen Xers, and even Millennials experienced, said Leda Huta, executive director of the Endangered Species Coalition. We owe it to our future generations of Americans to protect our vanishing wildlife and the special places they call home.
According to the report, up to a billion monarch butterflies used to color our skies each summer, yet only about 33 million remain a decline of more than 90 percent. Additionally, the once-common little brown bat has been decimated by the fungal disease, White-nose syndrome, and is now virtually extinct in the Northeast United States. Finally, the rusty-patched bumblebee, an important pollinator, has disappeared across 87 percent of its range, and diseases are thought to be responsible.
Coalition member groups nominated wildlife species in the report. A committee of distinguished scientists reviewed the nominations, and decided which species should be included in the report. Scientists agree that climate change is a huge threat in many direct and indirect ways to species diversity and survival, said Dr. Jan Randall, Professor Emeritus of Biology at San Francisco State University, and chair of the scientific advisory committee for the report.
As the situation for many species grows ever more dire, our direct actions are able to rescue some of them from extinction, said Dr. Peter Raven, President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden. This list should inspire hope and at the same time lead us to devote full attention to the species most in need.
The ten species in the report are the mountain yellow-legged frog, monarch butterfly, North Pacific right whale, great white shark, little brown bat, whitebark pine, rusty patched bumblebee, greater sage-grouse, polar bear, and the Snake River sockeye salmon.
Snake River sockeye are among the highest and farthest migrating salmon on the planet climbing 6,000 feet in elevation and 900 miles against the current to return to their spawning grounds, said Sam Mace, Inland Northwest Program Director for the Save Our wild Salmon Coalition. We are the last generation that can save these extraordinary fish from extinction.
“The monarch butterfly is a part of almost every child’s summer experience,” said Sarina Jepsen, endangered species program director at the Xerces Society. “The loss of such a widespread butterfly suggests that we are changing our landscape at an unprecedented scale.”
When species like monarch butterflies and whitebark pine are in trouble, that means were all in trouble, because theyre leading indicators of the health of the planet, said Frances Beinecke, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council. By acting now to conserve these animals and plants for future generations, we will also be restoring our natural heritage and creating a safer, healthier world for all.
“This report does a great service by calling attention to the fact that species are vanishing before our eyes, including species like the little brown bat, which are underappreciated and, despite their small size, are of enormous value to our ecosystem,” said Cathy Liss, President of the Animal Welfare Institute.
The Endangered Species Coalition has also produced a slide show to accompany the report, featuring stunning photos of each of the ten species in the report. The Coalition produces a Top 10 report annually, focusing on a different theme each year. Previous years reports are also available on the Coalitions website, http://www.endangered.org.
The Ten American Species Our Children May Never See:
Mountain yellow-legged frog
Mexican TV personality Chef Yolanda Yanar takes center stage each week with a live cooking show of traditional Mexican dishes at Puerto Vallartas luxury all-inclusive resort, Velas Vallarta. Hotel guests are treated to a demonstration of dishes from across all regions of the country, including appetizers, entrees and desserts. Sample plates have included chicken in varied moles made from scratch, Mexican flan, Tres Leches cake, and tortilla soup. Participants are invited to join the chef on stage preparing three separate dishes.
Guests can enjoy a sampling of the plates featured in the show. And recipes are provided to recreate the delectable dishes at home. Chef Yanar has an impressive professional background, having trained at the American Culinary Institute in the Napa Valley and at Cordon Bleu.
We started this program with seven guests and within three weeks the numbers have souffled to 70 each session, said Luis Angarita, Managing Director. We also added mixology lessons including preparation of flavored margaritas, coladas and tequila based drinks as part of the Mexican cooking show, he continued.
Velas Vallarta is an all-suite resort and convention center located on 10 acres of oceanfront in Puerto Vallarta. The resort is walking distance from Marina Vallarta Golf Course and just minutes from Downtown Puerto Vallarta’s captivating attractions, activities and landmarks. Situated on the emerald waters of Banderas Bay, Velas Vallarta features 345 suites, a high-tech Convention Center that can accommodate up to 700 people, three swimming pools, a rejuvenating spa, fitness center, multiple restaurants, and an inviting lounge with live music and entertainment nightly.
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In order to design an efficient and effective brewing process, Griffin Claw Brewing Company Griffin Claw Brewing Company visited various breweries and reviewed the equipment used for brewing some of the best beer in the world, before returning home to Birmingham, Michigan to set up their brewing process. When reviewing the equipment, owner Norm LePage and brewmaster Dan Rogers, realized that a conveyor system would aid in the efficiency of removing the spent grain.
When Griffin Claw was reviewing equipment, we were looking at a large mash filter and we saw that underneath it they had an auger system, a kind of a screw auger, and I thought wow that is really an efficient way to move the spent grain explained Rogers. Spent grain is the leftover malt and adjuncts after the mash has extracted most of the sugars, proteins and nutrients in the beer making process.
Spent grain can constitute as much as 85 percent of a brewerys total by-product. Getting the spent grain out of the way is a bottle neck in the production of beer and needs to be removed before the next batch of beer can be started. When we started putting the equipment in here, we decided that we needed a system like that said LePage, and would need an easy to clean conveyor as part of the process for removing the spent grain.
Griffin Claw got in touch with Dynamic Conveyor, the manufacturer of the DynaClean food processing conveyor, located in Muskegon, Michigan. The company visited Griffin Claw to look at their equipment, which included the screw auger and mash filter. Griffin Claw realized that the conveyor system would have to be custom made because they are the first in the United States to have this large size of a mash filter.
Before getting the conveyor system, Griffin Claw was using dump tanks and having to wheel them out, individually by hand, and then having a forktruck lift them up and dump the waste into hoppers for pick up by local farmers. Like many other breweries, Griffin Claw gives back the bulk of their spent grain to their agricultural community from foam-to-farm so to speak.
Since installing the DynaClean food processing conveyor, the spent grain is conveyed directly into the totes and taken outside so the farmers can pick it up. That is an amazing thing and it works beautifully for us, says LePage.
At the end of every week, Griffin Claw completely breaks down their DynaClean conveyor, thoroughly cleans it, and puts it back together so that it is ready for the next week. It has really saved us a lot of time and money. We are able to do four batches per day right now, where before we were only able to get out three, and now we are looking to do six batches a day explains Rogers, its working that well. We are very, very happy with it.
To watch the easy to clean conveyor video or to learn more about the DynaClean visit the website at http://www.DynamicConveyor.com or call 1.800.640.6850.
A recent Op Ed column in The Baltimore Sun, written by Civic Works Founder and Executive Director Dana Stein, discusses the need for education and job skills training in Baltimore. AmeriCorps, which engages over 75,000 Americans in service projects annually, turned 20 this month, and Stein took the opportunity to call for an expansion of this successful program.
Since the programs inception, over 900,000 AmeriCorps members contributed over 1 billion hours in service. Through Civic Works, over 4,000 AmeriCorps members in Baltimore tutored and mentored close to 40,000 students, grew nearly 60,000 pounds of fresh produce, planted over 25,000 trees, made energy improvements to nearly 6,000 households, and converted over 200 vacant lots into community green spaces.
But according to Stein, there is still a great need for more in our community and elsewhere throughout the country and a supply of willing volunteers to help. More than 582,000 people applied to become AmeriCorps members in 2012, but there were only 82,500 available slots. Significantly expanding the AmeriCorps program, which rewards volunteers with a modest living allowance and an education award, could lead to a cost-effective way to combat the ills of poverty while encouraging higher education for our young people.
Through a combination of data and Civic Works AmeriCorps member stories, Stein demonstrated the benefits of combining education, skills development and community service. The Op Ed column was a call for action: expand the AmeriCorps program and create more opportunities to serve, around the nation as well as in Baltimore.
The commentary appeared in the September 25, 2014 edition of The Baltimore Sun, and can be found online and on the Civic Works website.
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