Africa

EPRT staff Ahmed Salihu (striped shirt), MCC Nigeria representative Dave Klassen (plaid shirt) and Pofi Jonathan speak with peace club participants. MCC partner, EPRT (Emergency Preparedness Response Teams) has been setting up peace clubs in schools across Plateau State, Nigeria, since 2012.  The Mangu Hale peace club has been making an impact on both students and teachers since early 2013.

By Charles Kwuelum In May Nigeria inaugurated a new president, Muhammadu Buhari, who has pledged to use greater military force against the armed group Boko Haram. The U.S government welcomed this approach to “countering violent extremism” by giving increased military assistance to Nigeria. Worthy of note is the fact that northeast Nigeria was already in…

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UN

Recently Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, applauded the 15-year global push to meet the Millennium Development Goals on poverty, education, gender equality, child mortality, maternal health, disease, the environment and global partnership. Amidst such praised effort, he cautioned that the world is still riven with inequality, something that is well-documented by a new UN…

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Seedlings getting ready for transplant at at MCC partner KMTC (Kulima Mbobumi Training Center) in Zimbabwe.

As in many vulnerable communities worldwide, farmers nervously await the rainy season each year in Binga District in Matabeleland North Province, Zimbabwe. When rains are sparse farmers are forced to plant several times. Normally, the rainy season starts in November. But in recent years, the heavy rain has not come until December, followed by a…

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Stezen Mudenda (the care taker at KMTC, Kulima Mbobumi Training Center) is using mulch, one of the practices of conservation agriculture, to conserve moisture in the soil. The goal of the project by Canadian Food Grains Bank (CFGB) and MCC in the Binga district of Zimbabwe is to increase food security for households by using conservation agriculture to produce cereal crops and vegetables. MCC partner KMTC (Kulima Mbobumi Training Center) in ZImbabwe. KMTC stands for Family is Life. The goal of the project by Canadian Food Grains Bank (CFGB) and MCC in the Binga district of Zimbabwe is to increase food security for households by using conservation agriculture to produce cereal crops and vegetables.

By Charles Kwuelum In recent years, there has been a shift in conversation about development goals. The shift from Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals evokes contextual reflections regarding the actualization of such a ‘mega’ dream. Knowing that the eight mapped MDGs will soon expire and be replaced by the emerging seventeen SDGs, I…

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