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Smallholder farmers are the new global food frontier

A farmer walks with her son during a potato harvest in Huancavelica, southern Peru. Smallholder farmers
produce nearly 70% of all food consumed worldwide. Photograph: Martin Mejia/AP

One-third of the world’s 7.3 billion people are smallholder family farmers who produce nearly 70% of all food consumed worldwide. So why aren’t we doing more to protect them?

REPRINT > by Hugh Locke for The Guardian / May 12, 2015

A third of the world’s 7.3 billion people are smallholder farmers and their families who produce nearly 70% of all food consumed worldwide on 60% of the planet’s arable land. For what sounds like a major part of the global economy, you would expect these farmers to be relatively well off and financially secure. But they aren’t. In fact, they represent the majority of the poorest and hungriest people on earth. How did this happen? 

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T&C Philanthropy 2015, with Activist-in-Chief Bill Clinton

Supporting 3,100 projects in 180 countries, the Clinton Foundation is the most powerful reimagining ever of what post-presidency can be. But can the fixer-in-chief work his magic on Haiti?

REPRINT > by Klara Glowczewska for Town & Country / May, 2015

Introduced in the 15th century to Hispaniola (the name Columbus gave the island that now comprises Haiti and the Dominican Republic when he shipwrecked here in December 1492), limes were successfully cultivated in Haiti until the 1990s. "Their oil, used in cosmetics and the beverage industry, was, like Haitian vetiver, considered the best in the world," says Hugh Locke, a blan from Westchester (one is acutely aware of skin color in Haiti). Locke heads the Haitian nonprofit Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) and is scanning the sky, as am I, for Clinton's craft.

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Fidel Castro’s Daily Moringa Regimen

Fidel Castro inspecting a moringa tree in 2012. Photo credit: Guerrillero Newspaper.

In CNN’s April 4th website coverage of Fidel Castro’s recent public appearance, they note that, “Cuban state media Saturday released images of a rare public appearance by former leader Fidel Castro, who met with a group of Venezuelans who were on a solidarity mission to the island.”

The CNN story goes on to say that, “La Radio del Sur, a Venezuelan radio station that first reported Castro's appearance, said the leader met with the group for about 30 minutes and also talked to them about moringa, a plant with medicinal qualities that the former leader is cultivating at his home in Havana.”

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Global Food Industry Reluctant Leaders of Smallholder Farming Revolution

REPRINT > by Hugh Locke for Huffington Post "What's New" / April 1, 2015

In recent years the global food and beverage industry has surpassed development agencies and donor governments when it comes to improving the productivity and income of smallholder farmers in developing countries.

Food and beverage companies did not set out to champion smallholder farmers: for the most part they simply wanted to secure an ongoing supply of agricultural commodities and respond to changing consumer preferences. Companies of all shapes and sizes—from global giants like Nestlé, Unilever and Heineken to modest artisanal producers—started purchasing increasingly large amounts of agricultural output from smallholder farmers in middle income and developing nations.

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Revitalizing Lime Production in Haiti

The Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) is growing lime trees as part of an initiative in which the Clinton Foundation has brought partners together to revitalize high-quality lime production in Haiti.

"In the 1980s, Firmenich sourced high quality lime oil from Haiti. Over time, the lime industry in Haiti disappeared. Now, more than 25 years later," said David Shipman, North America President of Firmenich, a leading flavors and fragrances company, "it is exciting to partner with the Clinton Foundation in distributing lime seedlings to smallholder farmers in Haiti to re-launch this important and much needed crop. In addition to providing farmers with a cash generating crop, this project also provides environmental benefits in the reforestation of Haiti." 

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Nonprofits, and Businesses, Can Be Self-Sustaining. Just Think 100 Years Ahead.

REPRINT > by Adam Callinan for Entrepreneur / March 6, 2015

Nonprofits continue to spring up that aim to raise and deploy capital with the intent to solve problems that affect many people. Commonly referred to as NGOs (non-governmental organizations), the basis for this standard setup is built around the fact that the entities rely on the generosity of both individuals and businesses to fund their ongoing projects and overall operations. What is often missing from the long-term vision is the concept of sustainability outside of perpetual generosity.

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Moringa as possible cancer treatment?

As a follow-up to the moringa study SFA released on Monday, it is interesting to read what the world-renowned Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has to say about moringa: 

"Products derived from the herb are used to treat a variety of conditions, including asthma, diabetes, ulcers, infections and cancer."

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Haiti Moringa Study Released Today

Moringa Combines Reforestation and Agricultural Export in Haiti

A study launched today entitled “Moringa: Export Market Potential for Smallholder Farmers in Haiti” is a virtual handbook for everyone from farmers to exporters to government officials interested in ensuring this “miracle tree” becomes a new agricultural export for the country.

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