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One of the Haitian farmers we work with prepares his field. One of the Haitian farmers we work with prepares his field.

The Field Season

I loved this time of year as a kid. I would spend time driving around the orchard on the Honda Trail 90 finishing up the u-pick cherry season.  The work at the mink ranch was in full swing as 7,000 new babies needed their shots and as the cold damp rainy weather finally left after the 4th of July. It’s time to look back at the ups and downs, blessings and lessons learned, to winterize the equipment and determine what to do for the next field season.

I have come to think of life in the terms of a field or growing season. In American agriculture and climate we are always trying to lengthen the season but in the end we generally get just one. This past growing season has been filled with blessings, challenges and adventure. However, it’s the future growing seasons that drive me forward.

The general consensus is that roughly 870 million people in the world are still chronically undernourished and 16 million of those are from developed countries (FAO, 2012 (1)). The world population is primed for an increase of 9.1 billion by 2050, which will demand a 60% increase in agricultural production. This increase has to also take into account the good soil that remains, sustainability, economic viability, yield increases on existing land, the ongoing debates over the use of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organism) and total effect climate change on farmable lands (FAO, 2012 (2)).

As we roll into the fall of 2013 I am reminded that 2050 is just 37 field seasons away. If seasons remain reasonably stable when the first tractor breaks ground in 2050 I will only be 76.   As I look to the next growing season as a person who deals with farmers and some of the 870 million chronically undernourished daily, I am reminded of the lesson I learned growing up – every growing season is different and every growing season matters.

If I’m going to impact 2050 as husband, dad, farmer, preacher, runner or scientist, then this coming field season needs my full attention because growing season is in the field notes and almost closed.

At Convoy of Hope we work with farmers to give them the power of agricultural education because it gives them opportunity to change their future.  

FAO (1) The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012.  The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012 is published jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Food Programme. Released October 8, 2012.

FAO(2) World Agriculture Towards 2030/2050: The 2012 Revision.  ESA E Working Paper No. 12-03.   Released June 2012.   

 
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Agriculture / Program Updates

Half of Molokai participates in Convoy of Hope Community Outreach

The following is an excerpt from  story about our recent community outreach in Molokai, Hi., by themolokainews.com

Almost half of Molokai’s estimated population of 7,200 people came out to Kaunakakai Ballfield Saturday evening to take part in Convoy of Hope Hawaii’s event.

Convoy of Hope Hawaii, a faith-based organization, called the event the “Day of Compassion.” Unlike anything that has come to Molokai before, this impressive organizational effort involved 563 volunteers, 12 churches (most of the churches on Molokai) and financial support from numerous individuals and companies.

As residents were funneled into the ball field  volunteers handed out wristbands for specific services, tickets for groceries and information sheets. According to Convoy of Hope, this is what was distributed: 1,200 pairs of children’s shoes, 175 family portraits, 185 haircuts.

An estimated 2,546 guests came to receive free food and/or services. More than 5,000 bags of groceries were distributed. A total of 1,456 guests prayed and received encouragement. A free lunch of stew was also available. Guests also enjoyed musical entertainment, a “Kids Zone,” community services, health services and prayer.

Visit themolokainews.com for the rest of the story and more photos from what was a historical day for Molokai and Convoy of Hope.

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Photos from the Children’s Feeding Initiative in Honduras.

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Honduras: Sharing the Experience

Seeing hungry kids enrolled in our Children’s Feeding Initiative line up for a meal is something I wish all our friends and supporters could experience first-hand. We’ve been in Honduras this week to document some of our feeding efforts here and have met some amazing, well-rounded and healthy kids who are depending on us every day for nourishment. One of the first schools we visited was in an extremely poor section of San Pedro Sula. Andrea Frey Metzger, our Latin America & the Caribbean Regional Manager, has often talked about this school as one of her favorites to visit.

When we pulled through the gate of the bare-bones school where we are feeding 175 kids every day, I immediately knew why this was one of her favorite schools. The kids were bursting with excitement and happiness as they lined up for lunch. The energy in the air was palpable and unforgettable. We captured some iPhone footage of lunch at Hilda Ulloa School and wanted to bring the experience to all of you who make our initiatives possible. The footage is raw and unedited but hopefully it provides you with some perspective on what a difference a simple meal can make to a child a world away.

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Hal Donaldson, our founder and president, recently traveled to Moore, Okla., to view our efforts and meet tornado survivors. While he was there he filmed this short thank you video for all of you who volunteered, donated, prayed and got your businesses, churches and civic groups involved in our ongoing relief effort.

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