Bude For Food Nailed It But This Is Just The Start

Within a short time frame, organisers and the community of Bude and its surrounding area, pulled off a festival nothing short of spectacular and now plan to take community, economic development and poverty by the horns... As the sun bled its neon line into another horizon, drawing a close to the town's highly successful event, many people were able to avoid thinking of bleak poverty. In fact, statistics from Eurostat recently demonstrated that average wages in the Duchy now stand at just £14,300 a year. This compares to a national average of £23,300. Due to increases in cost of living,

CARE International is ISG’s Inaugural Global Charity Partner

ISG has announced that its first ever global charity partner will be leading humanitarian organisation CARE International. This partnership forms a central element of ISG’s 2020 Sustainability Vision, which sets out the company’s commitment to acting responsibly and safely, with ISG looking to raise £150K to support the vital work that CARE carries out across the globe. Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading humanitarian organisation fighting global poverty. CARE helps people prepare for disasters, providing lifesaving assistance when a crisis hits, and helping communities recover after the

Paf to donate €500 to Brazilian charity for every Brazil goal at the World Cup

In advance of tonight's opening match the Åland gaming company Paf is launching a transnational charity initiative to coincide with the World Cup. The focus will be on the host country, Brazil. For every goal the Brazilian national team scores during the World Cup, Paf will donate €500 to the Brazilian charity Casa dos Pobres in the city of Nova Friburgo. Casa dos Pobres (‘House of the Poor’) is an organization that helps out the poor, the unemployed and the homeless in the city of Nova Friburgo with food, clothing and general support. Nova Friburgo is located 14 miles northeast of the World

Understanding disease resistance genes in crops to secure future food production

A new understanding as to how plants defend themselves against some pathogens that cause crop diseases is proposed by researchers from the University of Hertfordshire to help scientists breed new, more successful disease-resistant agricultural crops. The new concept is called effector-triggered defence or ETD. Breeding agricultural crops for resistance against disease pathogens is essential in the quest to secure global food production.  However, despite efforts to control them, crop diseases still account for fifteen percent of the losses in the world’s food production.  Farmers spray their


HiQ (http://hiq.se) wins framework agreement with The Federation of Swedish Farmers (LRF) (http://www.lrf.se/In-English/) concerning development of websites and mobile services for LRF and its subsidiaries. The agreement is signed for two years and a major web project targeted at schoolchildren is already underway. “HiQ has the know-how, experience and attitude that we need from a partner. We want to attract interest and increase children’s knowledge about the green industries, such as agriculture and forestry, and about the origin of the food that we eat. We believe that HiQ can help us

Don’t let coccidiosis prevent spring calf success

With the UK recovering from the wettest winter on record and now basking in the mild spring weather, the perfect conditions are created for coccidiosis to go into overdrive. Scouring is the commonest disease seen in young calves and the greatest single cause of death so tackling coccidiosis should be high on every farmer’s list. Warm, wet days favour survival of the oocysts of the Eimeria parasite, so infection levels in calves are set to be high this spring. So why should farmers worry? Scour is one of the most costly diseases to affect production and average losses may be in the order

ICPH Gives Inaugural Beyond Housing Award to NYC-based KidCare for “Letting Kids be Kids”

NEW YORK (January 29, 2014) – Last week, at its 2014 conference, Beyond Housing: A National Conversation on Child Poverty and Homelessness, the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness (ICPH) presented the inaugural Beyond Housing Award to the New York City–based nonprofit KidCare in recognition of the organization’s tireless work with homeless children. The Beyond Housing Award honors people and organizations whose work exemplifies the idea that homelessness is much more than a housing issue. Recipients’ work goes “beyond housing” to provide services and support to homeless

Handicap International sends emergency team to help the most vulnerable in South Sudan crisis

London, 7th January 2014. A five-strong Handicap International team arrived in South Sudan on Friday 3rd January to supply aid to displaced people. Violent clashes between armed groups in the country have forced almost 200,000 people to flee their towns and villages. The inhabitants of South Sudan - one of the poorest countries in the world - already live in extreme poverty and need immediate aid to survive. “South Sudan is sliding towards civil war. That’s obviously going to put a lot of strain on the most vulnerable individuals,” said Lucile Papon, manager of Handicap International’s

Helping Oxfam Reach Poorest People In Guatemala

Stockholm, 3 December, 2013 – Millicom today announced that international aid organisation Oxfam and Tigo in Guatemala have signed an agreement to continue to distribute aid using mobile money to people in the areas of the country that are the most affected by malnutrition. Oxfam, an organization that pioneers technology solutions, has chosen Tigo Money to use its secure system and the network of authorized agents to deliver funds to aid such communities.   Oxfam funds are used to cover basic needs of food and shelter for the most impoverished families. The agreement extends the

Can the redistribution of surplus food really improve food security?

While surplus food redistribution has been promoted as a way of reducing food waste and food poverty, a paper published recently in Journal of Environmental Planning and Management (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09640568.2013.848192) concludes that unless a distinction is drawn between genuine waste to be recovered and surplus to be redistributed for community benefit, surplus food as a resource is unlikely to be fully utilised. Informed by an exploratory qualitative case study of third sector actors in north east England, the study explores the logics of surplus food
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