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The Foundation for Women’s Empowerment, Global Food Security and the Eradication of Poverty Is Beneath Our Feet

By Beth Roberts, Director, Center for Women’s Land Rights, Landesa

Zainabu, from Kisarawe district, Tanzania, holds cassava

Photo credit Landesa. Zainabu, from Kisarawe district, Tanzania, holds cassava that she dug up on her hillside farm.

Around the world, women are the backbone of agriculture.

From the rice paddies of Asia to the maize fields of sub-Saharan Africa, women are so often responsible for shouldering the labor of farming – they till, plant, water, and harvest crops that feed households and whole communities. Read More

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In Many Ways, Heifer’s Principle of “passing on the Gift” Has Taken on New Forms, Just Like Their Work

By Joanne Lu

Healthy food on table

Local farmers supported by Heifer Ecuador built a farm-to-table food delivery system when the pandemic hit, delivering healthy food to households across the country. Credit: Isadora Romero/Heifer International

Heifer International has been on a 77-year journey to end hunger and poverty, not just in response to the greatest challenges of the times, but also with the goal of empowering families to create sustainable change for themselves.

Their story began in 1944, when Midwest farmer Dan West returned from volunteer service in the Spanish Civil War, where he helped feed refugees. But as a farmer, he became keenly aware that providing meals was a short-term solution. Instead, livestock could provide families a steady supply of nutritious food and even income. Read More


Chege Ngugi, Africa Regional Director, ChildFund International

Growing Up in a Rural Diverse Community Led to Dedicating His Life to Helping Underprivileged People

By Tyler LePard

Chege Ngugi

Chege Ngugi has been the Africa Regional Director for ChildFund International since 2020, following nearly a decade serving as ChildFund’s country director for three of the organization’s program countries, including his native Kenya.

Chege grew up in rural Kenya, in a settlement area that had a mix of different tribes and ethnic groups with a variety of languages and levels of education. This environment taught Chege to work with a wide range of people from different cultures and backgrounds. He was close to his primary and secondary teachers. He said, “I attribute who I am to my teachers.” Read More

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PRESS RELEASE: Pat Garcia-Gonzalez Receives Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Control Award by UICC

The Max Foundation CEO recognized for unwavering dedication to global, widespread health equity

The Max Foundation, a global non-profit organization that aims to make lifesaving cancer treatment universal, is thrilled to announce its CEO and co-founder Pat Garcia-Gonzalez won the Union for International Cancer Control’s (UICC) Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Control Award in the Civil Society category. Given to leaders who drive innovation to advance cancer control in an equitable manner, this award celebrates a significant achievement in Pat’s relentless effort to expand access to cancer treatment for thousands of people worldwide. Read More

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