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Restoring Hope to Famine Stricken South Sudan

PHP partners with Hope Restoration South Sudan to improve food security and empower women and girls through farming By Eileen Schuhmann | Presbyterian Hunger Program South Sudan is a very new country, gaining independence in 2011, after three decades of civil war between northern and southern Sudan.  Unfortunately, South Sudan’s independence did not lead to… Read more »

Poverty and Violence Lead to Migration from El Salvador

Pressures on food accessibility and safety concerns contribute to Salvadorans’ desires to flee By Valery Nodem | Presbyterian Hunger Program   Names have been changed in this article to protect the identities of individuals for safety reasons. Last December, I traveled to El Salvador to visit our partners working with the Joining Hands network Asociación… Read more »

Policy Gains for Those Affected by Toxic Metals in Peru

Populations contaminated by industry work together for environmental and human health protections By Javier Jahnke | Red Muqui To date, in Peru, there are at least 4,867 people, many of whom are children, from 17 regions of the country including indigenous peoples’ territories, affected by diverse sources of contamination from various industries, including toxic metals… Read more »

The New NAFTA Agreement Should Reflect Our Vision for Just and Faithful Trade Policy

The PC (USA) and interfaith groups wrote Congress to demand more progress on improvements to the original NAFTA agreement By Eileen Schuhmann | Presbyterian Hunger Program The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the U.S., Canada and Mexico has been under renegotiation since 2017. Late in 2018,  negotiators from all three countries came to… Read more »

“New NAFTA” expands corporate rights and limits regulation

Corporations continue to set the rules in closed door trade negotiations By Eileen Schuhmann | Presbyterian Hunger Program NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement between Mexico, Canada and the United States has been renegotiated and renamed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The new agreement must be approved by the U.S. Congress and ratified by… Read more »

Reflecting on Current Day Hunger and Poverty Challenges

The power of decision-makers to end hunger and poverty By Valery Nodem | Presbyterian Hunger Program I usually spend the last few weeks of every year reviewing our work, reflecting and visioning for the future.  It is an important time that helps me to celebrate each step, victory and accomplishment that has been achieved for… Read more »

Day by Day, Across the Decades

The Struggle for Environmental Health Continues in La Oroya and Beyond By Jed Koball | Mission Co-Worker Peru It has been nearly ten years since the plant shut down. In June of 2009, the metallurgical smelter in La Oroya, Peru stopped full operations, as its US based owner, The Renco Group, Inc., claimed its investment… Read more »

Working Towards Nutritional Security in India

Millet farmers innovate to revive millet eating habits By Salome Yesudas | Chethana, Joining Hands India Millet is a coarse grain, rich in nutrients, that produces well under dry and high temperature conditions and stores well. These characteristics make millets an ideal food for poor people living in dryland areas, faced with food security challenges…. Read more »

Communities Struggle for Fair Compensation in Cameroon

Large-scale development projects destroy property and livelihoods By Jaff Bamenjo with contributions from Prosper Kouayep  and Jacques Bile | RELUFA, Joining Hands Cameroon Since 2000, large-scale development projects have been on the rise in Cameroon. The implementation of oil pipeline, road , port infrastructure  and agribusiness projects have resulted in the destruction of property and… Read more »