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International Day for Disaster Reduction

Concern Worldwide is joining today’s celebrations for the International Day for Disaster Reduction which takes place on Monday the 13th of October 2014. 

Many of the countries where we work are highly vulnerable to conflict-based emergencies and natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, storms and droughts. To ensure the work we do helping the poorest communities lift themselves out of poverty is sustainable, we need to prevent and limit the impact of future crises. 

We achieve this through integrated programmes that tackle hunger from different angles, supporting these communities’ livelihoods, health and education.

Paulina Sampson (pictured) from Tanzania is one of the small farmers we have helped by providing her with seeds and tools, but also training in sustainable farming techniques so she can produce enough for her family to be free from hunger today and in the future: 

“Before, our family only ate one meal per day. Nowadays I’m confident we can get three meals a day. At the moment, I even have surplus stocks in the house for security.”

Help small farmers like Paulina protect their families from the risk of a poor harvest by giving your loved one a Farmer Field School gift, which will train 25 agricultural workers easy to use skills that can stop the soil from eroding, catch rain water and increase the volume of their crops. For more unique and life-changing gifts check out the Concern shop!

Celebrating family farmers on World Food Day 2014

Thursday the 16th of October is World Food Day! At Concern Worldwide we are excited to join the celebrations as this key date brings international attention to the struggle of millions of people around the world to access enough nutritious food. This year’s theme highlights the great contribution of family farmers in boosting local and regional economies, making agriculture more sustainable and preserving biodiversity.

Although family farming is the predominant form of agricultural production worldwide, most of the 70% of the world’s food insecure people are from small farms in rural areas of developing countries.

Concern supports small farmers in the world’s poorest communities by offering practical and sustainable solutions such as providing them with seeds, tools, animals and training – enabling them to have a varied and sustainable production that ensures a balanced diet for their children and prevents their families from going hungry.

Join the celebrations with a brilliant gift for a loved one such as a vegetable pack  for £33, which includes seeds, tools, insecticides and fertiliser to grow nutritious vegetables in a small plot of land. What’s more, if you buy this gift before the 14th December you will double the difference it makes, as the UK government will match its value pound for pound as part of our Hunger Stops Here appeal.

Looking for alternative gift ideas?

Browse Concern’s shop for more wonderful gifts to provide the world’s poorest communities with the opportunity to live happier, healthier lives.

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