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First person: Jean-Remy Azor

I’m from Desarmes, a rural area in Haiti’s Artibonite Valley. I recently turned 60 years old, and Desarmes is still my home.

I worked for MCC for many years and currently I work for an organization called Konbit Peyizan pou Ranfòsman Kapasite Lokal, whose Haitian Kreyol name means Agricultural Collective for the Reinforcement of Local Capacity.

We work with participants in collectives, encouraging and organizing them to work together. Our primary focus is in food security and in reinforcing community capacity so that people are better able to produce what they need to eat.

A harvest of water

From Bolivia to Kenya to Cambodia, farmers in MCC-supported projects are sharing how changes in rainfall and more frequent and severe weather due to climate change make it harder to grow enough food for their families.

But the one thing a farmer can’t control is the weather. So how do MCC partners work with farmers grappling with a lack of regular rainfall?

In Bolivia, one answer lies in imagining a harvest of water.

Stinky sticky: An organic approach to managing pests

All farmers need a way to manage pests.

In sub-Saharan Africa, MCC is promoting an approach that Tanzanian farmers have dubbed “stinky sticky.”

Vurayayi Pugeni, who is MCC’s area director for Southern and Central Africa and Nigeria together with his wife, Thelma Sadzamari, explains the concept.

“This is a push-pull pest control strategy where farmers are trained on how to intercrop their crops with a particular grass that is a repellent to the pest,” he says.

Storing seeds for the future

Preserving the harvest to eat or sell is important. But farmers also will need seeds to plant the next year. And many MCC partners are promoting saving local seeds that are often better adapted to local conditions and more likely to thrive.

For Jean-Remy Azor, executive director of MCC partner Konbit Peyizan in Haiti, saving seeds is an important foundation to food security – ensuring that farmers can rely on their own planning rather than fluctuating supplies and prices in local markets.

A new way to grow

From Asia to Latin America, MCC and its partners are helping farmers experiment with simple, affordable methods that they can use to increase harvests and provide for their families.

The year was 2009, and Pabitra Paramanya, a young agriculturalist in West Bengal, India, had a hard sell.

He had just started work with MCC partner Asansol Burdwan Seva Kendra (ABSK), a service organization of the Catholic Diocese of Asansol. 

And ABSK leaders were eager to introduce a new system for cultivating rice.


Le grand concours de cuisine de Mwenezi

Comment le concours « Les hommes peuvent cuisiner » est en train de transformer une communauté au Zimbabwe

Tout le dur labeur de Joseph Gudo se résume en une petite assiette de nourriture. Il a travaillé pendant des mois dans les champs et a passé d’innombrables heures en cuisine pour préparer ce plat : un tas de niébé (ou pois à l’œil noir) en purée, assaisonné d’une pincée de poivre de Cayenne et agrémenté de tomates en dés et de poivrons verts. Cela représente le fruit de son labeur, et cette assiette est le reflet de son cœur et son âme.


« Merci de ne nous avoir pas oubliés »

Des conserves de viande et des kits de secours parviennent aux survivants du séisme en Haïti

C’était avec joie et soulagement que les survivants qui luttent pour se relever du séisme qui a dévasté la péninsule méridionale de Haïti le 14 août dernier ont accueilli les boîtes de viande en conserve et des kits de secours du Comité central mennonite (le MCC).