Posts By: Eileen Schuhmann

Haiti Facing Economic Disaster

Haitian farmers organize to defend their rights By Fabienne Jean | FONDAMA, Joining Hands Haiti For more than 20 years, the people of Haiti have faced dire hunger. Population growth, dependence on imports for essential foods, changes in eating habits, and the misallocation of wealth have, among other things, had a considerable impact on Haiti’s… Read more »

Homes and Livelihoods Fall into the Sea

Sri Lanka builds a man-made island and fisherfolk lose everything to coastal erosion By Herman Kumara and Prasad Purnimal Jayamanna | Praja Abhilasha, Joining Hands Network Sri Lanka The Sri Lankan Government’s Port City project is well underway.  The project, carried out in partnership with the China Communication Construction Company (CCCC), extends the city of… Read more »

New PHP Resources Available on Famine

The Presbyterian Hunger Program is prioritizing work on famine and extreme hunger By Eileen Schuhmann | Presbyterian Hunger Program The Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) is working to support grassroots organizations in Somalia, Yemen, South Sudan and Nigeria in their efforts to provide emergency food relief and rebuild livelihoods in communities faced with extreme hunger and… Read more »

Report on Land Rights and Food Security in Cameroon

PHP partners are working towards reforming land tenure policies in Cameroon PHP current and past grant partners RELUFA (Joining Hands Cameroon) and CED (Center for Environment and Development) have published a report, “Land rights: the missing link for food security in Cameroon,” in partnership with IIED (International Institute for Environment and Development) and LandCam (a… Read more »

Warning Signs of Famine on Horizon for Somalia

Without Urgent Humanitarian Intervention Famine Could Devastate Somalia Again By Eileen Schuhmann | Presbyterian Hunger Program The U.N. warned last month that all of the conditions are in place for famine to occur again in Somalia. Mark Lowcock, the under secretary general and emergency relief coordinator at the United Nations, says 2.2 million people could… Read more »

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 »

New Mining Legislation in DR Congo Promotes Sustainable Development

Communities affected by mining now involved in mining contract negotiations By Jean Marie Kabanga | POM, Joining Hands DR Congo   The Mining Code for the Democratic Republic of Congo was revised and published on March 09, 2018 and the Mining Regulations that followed on June 8, 2018 offered a new glimmer of hope for… 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 »