Local Means Local: Community Leadership and Facilitation in CLD

Local Means Local: Community Leadership and Facilitation in CLD, a two-part multi-lingual learning event to share the findings from phase 2 of our collaborative research. We shared the key findings, implications, and recommendations from a Rapid Realist Review of 56 community-led programs.

Key Takeaways from our Independent Food Systems Dialogue

By Kristiann Koris and Anya Petranovic Introduction In September 2021, the UN Secretary-General will convene a Food Systems Summit as part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. In response to the Summit’s invitation for civil society participation, the Movement for Community-led Development (MCLD) is taking bold and … Continue reading Key Takeaways from our Independent Food Systems Dialogue

Food Systems For All

By Tim Prewitt, CEO - The Hunger Project This year, the world is coming together to chart a path toward a more sustainable and equitable food system—a system that can meet the demands of our ever-growing population and is resilient to environmental shocks.  Having spent my career working on food systems, I can easily say … Continue reading Food Systems For All

Shifting the Power: Sustaining School Feeding Programs through Active Stakeholder Engagement

Featured photo: Primary school students receiving a nutritious, daily school meal with USDA donated commodities from PCI’s McGovern-Dole project in Huehuetenango, Guatemala and commodities purchased by PTAs with funds from Guatemala’s Ministry of Education. Photo Credit: Project Concern International, a Global Communities Partner Written by Stephanie Gaffney, Technical Advisor for Integrated School Feeding and Sustainable … Continue reading Shifting the Power: Sustaining School Feeding Programs through Active Stakeholder Engagement

Community-led Food System Models: Self-Sustaining and Shock-Resilient

Featured Photo Credit: IIRR By Peter Williams, President, International Institute of Rural Reconstruction A stark global demographic projection, paired with the limited capacity to produce food at a low environmental cost, is cause for one of the most food insecure periods in modern times. The food crisis affecting more than 25% of the world’s population … Continue reading Community-led Food System Models: Self-Sustaining and Shock-Resilient

A Garden of Inspiration in Baltimore

By Eugene Cho, President/CEO, Bread for the World Rev. Dr. Heber M. Brown III, the senior pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland, would not have expected the food system in the community to play such a large role in his ministry. But when he joined Pleasant Hope in 2010, he soon found himself praying with ailing members of the church beside their hospital beds.   Diabetes and other chronic conditions related to … Continue reading A Garden of Inspiration in Baltimore

Transforming Food Systems Through Professional Farmer Organizations

By Casey Harrison, Livelihoods and Agribusiness Director, Nuru International Featured Image Caption:  Genda Farmer Cooperative Savings Committee Meeting in Ethiopia (photo taken prior to COVID-19 pandemic) Localizing Professionalism within Food Systems Nuru Kenya, Nuru Ethiopia, Nuru Nigeria, and Nuru International view the merging of business professionalism and the local context as a necessary prerequisite for … Continue reading Transforming Food Systems Through Professional Farmer Organizations

Community action, levers of change: Reorienting more inclusive & resilient local food systems

Abstract: Food and market systems consistently evolve requiring astute management by suppliers to remain competitive. To meet this challenge, World Vision invests in smallholder farmer entrepreneurship. Through training, mentoring and technical support to networks of market actors, World Vision catalyzes food and market systems change through intergroup collaboration and market-driven intragroup competition, leading to a … Continue reading Community action, levers of change: Reorienting more inclusive & resilient local food systems

Outreach International: Mobilizing Resilient Community-Led Food Systems

By Dr. Kevin W. Prine President & CEO, Outreach International Alongside our local program partners and leaders, Outreach International supports communities to organize and access the resources necessary to overcome their most pressing challenges. For many households, such challenges pertain to food shortages, and it is through processes that are community-led, driven, and owned that … Continue reading Outreach International: Mobilizing Resilient Community-Led Food Systems