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Surprise! Livestock Helps Farmers Become Resilient to Climate Change

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 10.15.2016 | Green
Pierre Ferrari

Sunday, October 16 is World Food Day, and this year's theme is "Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too." The relationship between agriculture and the environment is the crux of much of Heifer International's work in the field.

Emergency Environmental Response Services: Charting a Course for the Next Fifty Years

Jamie Bechtel | Posted 05.06.2016 | Green
Jamie Bechtel

I recently asked one of the world's foremost EMS experts the secret of creating a response system that can be anywhere in 3 minutes or less to save someone from something.

Slideshow: Nepal's Recovery One Year After Earthquake

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 04.25.2016 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

Here is what sustainable development looks like in the aftermath of disaster.

Quit Treating Soil Like Dirt

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 12.05.2016 | Green
Pierre Ferrari

United Nations designated the entire year the International Year of Soils. And today is World Soil Day. As helpful as soil is to keeping humans alive, we humans haven't taken very good care of this precious, non-renewable resource.

How Gratitude Leads to Generosity

Cindy Jones-Nyland | Posted 12.02.2016 | Impact
Cindy Jones-Nyland

There has been much written about the amazing act of giving and what it can do to impact happiness and purpose. I am, by profession, a marketer and a fundraiser.

Evaluations Help Us Deliver on Our Promises

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 11.24.2016 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

With goals as significant as the Sustainable Development Goals, it is of the utmost importance to have plans for determining progress and success -- or lack thereof -- toward the desired ends. Strong evaluation plans allow organizations and other players to gauge if what they are doing works, and if not, what they need to do to course-correct.

Livestock: A Hand Up and Out of Poverty

Cindy Jones-Nyland | Posted 07.02.2016 | Impact
Cindy Jones-Nyland

In our development model, dignity and self-reliance are critical elements that drive the essence and spirit of our work. Training and preparation are as important as the living assets we place with families and communities around the world.

Girl Children Everywhere Deserve the World

Cindy Jones-Nyland | Posted 10.09.2016 | Impact
Cindy Jones-Nyland

I'd like to celebrate girls as they reach for their greatest ambitions. But let's keep in mind the 62 million girls who aren't in school, and let's all do what we can do to become part of the solution. Change starts when each of us makes a commitment to creating better circumstances for our global community.

Philanthropy: A Team Sport

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 10.09.2016 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

One would be hard pressed to find a single humanitarian organization with the ability do everything it could dream of all by itself. Understandably, much of Heifer International's work to end poverty would not be possible without some form of outside assistance.

Exciting Poverty News, But Gap Still Remains

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 10.06.2016 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

Let's celebrate that fewer than 10 percent of the world's population will live on less than $1.90 a day, but remember there are millions who live between that line and a true living income. This is the gap we must close.

Measuring Success to Meet the INGO Mission

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 07.07.2016 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

Global hunger and poverty are monumental issues with complex causes and solutions. The success of one organization should be viewed as the success of the sector. Additionally, the ultimate success is not of the organization, but of the project participants.

Pope Francis Encyclical: We Are in it Together to Save Our Planet

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 06.19.2016 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

Not even halfway over, 2015 has already been a year of remarkable ambition. This week, I am encouraged by the words of Pope Francis in his encyclical, "Laudato Si."

10 Things to Consider for the Future of a Hungry Planet

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 05.11.2016 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

We are at a tipping point right now. The decisions and investments we make today will shape humanity's ability to thrive over the next 10 years and beyond.

To Nepal, With Love from Haiti

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 05.01.2016 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

Looking at the pictures and videos of the earthquake in Nepal is an instant reminder of what happened to us here in Haiti five years ago. We remember it very well, like it was yesterday. The dust, the confusion, the tears, the panic, the losses and the desperation thereafter are still in our memory. We know and can attest to the pain that you and your country are going through.

Living #BelowtheLine Again

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 05.01.2016 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

when we talk about people living on $1.50 per person, per day, that includes more than just the cost of food and beverage. That sum covers nutrition, clothing, housing, transportation, health care and so on.

Poor Farmers Lose Income When Milk Spoils During Delivery. This $5 Jug Helps Solve That

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 03.03.2015 | Impact

In Kenya alone, 80 percent of the milk is produced by small-scale farmers who helplessly watched their income source spill and spoil during delivery. ...

The Volunteer Committee

James M. Lynch | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
James M. Lynch

Building on the success of a winter coat drive, I took a risk by posting a sign in our company cafeteria calling for anyone who was involved with any kind of volunteer activity to attend a meeting. I expected about five people to attend and got twelve. 'Not bad', I thought, for a company of fifty.

If You Could Imagine a Better World, What Would it Look Like?

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

For me, it's a world where no one goes hungry and everyone has the means to provide for themselves and their families. It's a world where we can be confident the environment will be clean and healthy for future generations.

The Gift Is Giving

Paula Gordon | Posted 02.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula Gordon

The only thing "new" in this personal litany is to see it illumined by the emotionally hollow, worldly "new" that I witnessed on a long ago airplane ride. What is not new is how deeply satisfying I find my own treasures.

Bathrooms: A Necessity Denied to Too Many

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

November 19th is World Toilet Day, a day to raise awareness about the 2.5 billion people who do not have access to improved sanitation. Unfortunately it is a bit of a broken record to talk about the 21,000 children that die around the world each day, as shocking as it is.

World Food Day: Let's Not Leave Smallholder Farmers Poor

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 12.16.2014 | Green
Pierre Ferrari

Being a smallholder farmer shouldn't mean producing the world's food while continuing to live in poverty, even if it's not "extreme" poverty.

Where's the B-12? Include Animal-Based Foods in the Global Malnutrition Agenda

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

Calcium, protein, vitamin B-12 and iron are essential to human health. Animal-based foods are an important source of these micronutrients, and where we at Heifer work, they're sometimes the only source readily available.

5 Charities Doing More for Mothers

Dylan Nord | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Dylan Nord

For many women, even in the best of circumstances, motherhood is quite a challenge. However, when poverty, disease, violence, poor healthcare or a lack of education is present, mothers and their children both suffer.

Reflecting on What it's Like to Live #BelowtheLine

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

Sharing food is part of what it means to be human, touching our lives from family bonding as children, to courtship and marriage ceremonies, to the gathering of communities.

Shopping to Live #BelowtheLine

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

Live Below the Line is an awareness and fundraising campaign challenging people to eat and drink on only $1.50 a day for five days (April 28-May 2). P...