Pamoja Tuwalishe: USDA McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Project Brief

October 17, 2022

USDA awarded Global Communities a five-year project called, Pamoja Tuwalishe, meaning “Together Let’s Feed Them” in Swahili. Global Communities will provide technical support and accompaniment to key governmental and non-governmental entities to operationalize sustainable, inclusive school feeding in the Mara and Dodoma regions and support the rollout of the Government of Tanzania’s new National School…

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Tanzania McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program – FFE III Endline Evaluation Brief

March 14, 2022

This brief presents the key findings from the end line evaluation of the McGovern-Dole Food for Education (FFE III) program in Tanzania, an initiative carried out by Project Concern International (PCI), a Global Communities partner, with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). PCI implemented FFE in three phases, with this final FFE…

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Igniting Children’s Potential, One Bite at a Time: Reflections from the International Food Aid Showcase

June 7, 2024

By Paula Rudnicka, Sr. Manager for Public Affairs   Last month, Global Communities participated in the 2024 International Food Aid Showcase at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The showcase brought together diverse stakeholders representing all segments of the U.S. food assistance value chain—from farmers to implementing partners and government agencies. At the beginning of…

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Giving San Diego Infants a Healthy Start through Lactation Education and Access 

August 31, 2022

By Lizzie Hickman The recent baby formula shortage in the United States (U.S.) has brought attention to infant nutrition needs and costs. The scarcity highlighted a larger conversation around the importance of breastfeeding/chestfeeding, inequity in healthcare and barriers parents face to accessing lactation services.   In the U.S., Black birthing parents are nine times more likely to…

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‘Our Harvest’ Project Delivers Food, Hope to Guatemalan Families

December 21, 2020

Since the Government of Guatemala announced a “state of calamity” following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Guatemala, PCI, a Global Communities Partner, has continued to coordinate the procurement and delivery of fresh food to local schoolchildren through Nuestra Cosecha. PCI implements Nuestra Cosecha (“Our Harvest” in Spanish) in partnership with Save the Children…

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500,000 Women and Girls Complete Gap Inc.’s Global Education and Life Skills Training Program

March 6, 2020

Washington, D.C. – Project Concern International (PCI) is proud to be a partner of the Gap Inc. P.A.C.E. program, which has now reached over 500,000 women and girls around the world, providing them with life skills education and training to help them succeed in their personal and professional lives. Since 2018, PCI has graduated 10,000…

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Growing Healthy Food, Connections through School Gardens

August 21, 2019

When Peter Masaju started a school garden at Suguti A Primary School in Musoma District, Tanzania, he planted the seeds for more than just healthy, homegrown vegetables. He also created an opportunity for parents to feel more rooted in their children’s day-to-day school experiences. “For the past seven years, I have not witnessed such a…

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Global Communities in Lebanon: Education and Employment of Women

February 8, 2017

Global Communities in Lebanon: Education and Employment of Women Women living in many parts of the Middle East experience extremely high unemployment rates; some leave the work force to start families and then struggle to re-enter the job market, while some are completely new to paid employment. Instability in the region has prompted even more…

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An Insider’s Journey to Improving Food Security and Literacy in Tanzania

December 29, 2016

This story was originally published on USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) blog, highlighting the Feed the Future school-feeding program implemented by PCI. FAS caught up with Kara West, PCI Operations Officer, while visiting Tanzania to glean an insider’s perspective on the program.   Why did PCI begin this McGovern-Dole program in Tanzania?  PCI began implementing a…

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The Power of Women to Advance Education

June 29, 2016

Every day, millions of children around the world don’t go to school. There are many barriers that keep them from learning in the classroom. Parents and grandparents often don’t send their children to school because it’s too expensive. Covering the cost for school supplies, textbooks, uniforms and transportation can be a heavy burden for families…

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Statement of Support for U.S. Global Food Security Legislation

August 5, 2014

Statement of Support for U.S. Global Food Security Legislation As organizations engaged in efforts to end global hunger, malnutrition, and extreme poverty, we strongly support bipartisan introduction and passage of legislation to ensure continued U.S. leadership in improving food and nutrition security. As the U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit takes place this week, we recognize…

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Nutrition Education Nourishes Lives in Rural Rwanda

March 31, 2014

Nutrition Education Nourishes Lives in Rural Rwanda Community nutrition groups provide education and training to fight malnutrition in both adults and children In Rwanda, approximately 44 percent of children are stunted due to malnutrition. While Rwandan families are encouraged to prevent malnutrition, most rural communities lack the ingredients and knowledge to prepare a balanced diet.…

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Strengthening Food Security in Colombia

September 23, 2013

Strengthening Food Security in Colombia Promoting domestic vegetable gardens to strengthen food security in San Onofre Poverty, climate change, lack of access to land, social breakdown, displacement, isolation and poor hygiene and nutritional habits all contribute to food insecurity in the Montes de Maria region.  Food insecurity is one of the main problems that affects…

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May 14, 2024

In February 2023, Global Communities and its consortium of partners in Madagascar began serving the first school meals supported by Mianatra (“Learn” in Malagasy), a McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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The Role of Mianatra in Enhancing School Attendance and Health in Madagascar

May 28, 2024

Until early 2023, EPP Toby Mahatsinjo, a primary school in the chronically food insecure Androy region of Madagascar, faced significant challenges related to water, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition and the overall health of students. The school lacked onsite access to water or latrines, and students were expected to use a shared latrine housed at the local…

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Student in Tanzania eating a school meal

School Feeding Interventions as a Tool for Addressing Child Malnutrition: Experiences from Tanzania, Guatemala and Madagascar

May 28, 2024

By Betty Adera and Chloe Pan Malnutrition remains a pressing global issue, affecting millions of children and impeding their growth, development and well-being. It manifests in various forms, including undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies and obesity. Each form has severe consequences for children. In 2022, the World Health Organization estimated that globally, 149 million children under five…

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May 15, 2024

Global Communities is building on more than 10 years of implementing integrated school feeding projects in close collaboration with the Government of Tanzania.

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Guatemalan School Kitchens Reopen After COVID-19 Shutdown

February 26, 2024

By Chloe Pan For the first time in nearly four years, school meals are once again being prepared in Guatemalan school kitchens following their total or partial closure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an important milestone for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program,…

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