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Iran: building social capital through microfinance
Listening to the fifty or so chattering women gathered in the mosque of Khamesan, a village in north-western Iran, it is hard to miss the atmosphere of solidarity. Their sentences are filled with words such as “trust”, “sharing”, “mutul support” and “team work”. They are all self-help group members, an oddity in a country where grassroot-level organizations are not common and...
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The travelling exhibition ‘From the Andes to the World’ at FAO
    A travelling exhibition ‘From Andes to the World’ is open in the FAO atrium from 2-13 December on the occasion of the United Nations’ International Year of Quinoa. The exhibition, realized through the financial support of GIZ (Germany), comprised of 17 panels, shows the origin, history, characteristics and the current condition of the crop as well as its...
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Moving up the value chain, key to sustain Cordillera's agribusiness
  Doing business requires patience, resources and entrepreneurial skills most especially if there are geographic and financial hurdles to overcome. The northern Philippine highlands or the Cordilleras is known for its abundance in natural and agricultural resources; hence, agri-food production for subsistence is a common practice among farming households. The Second Cordillera Highland...
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Cell of change
Mobile technology has greatly aided farmers in India; Nepal should emulate such practices The hills of Almora in Uttarakhand of neighbouring India resemble the landscape in Nepal. The culture and way of life of the people are similar too. However, farmers there are a little more fortunate than Nepali farmers. They can obtain information on market prices, weather conditions, agricultural...
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Stories from the Field: Bringing light to Humla
Text: Kaushal Man Shrestha & Lorina Sthapit Photos: Suraj Shakya & Lorina Sthapit For the people of Kharpel, electricity was once a phenomenon many had only heard stories about. The times have changed, however, with a micro hydropower station built under the initiative of WUPAP in 2009. “I can now do my homework at night after I finish all the chores,” said 12 year-old...
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