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Contributing to food security in the Sahel by improving income

February 2, 2015
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Stéphane Vinhas, Programs Officer – Emergency Relief

Happy are those, like me, who have taken a long journey. In December of 2014, I had the pleasure of visiting different initiatives carried out by Development and Peace partners in Niger and Mali, and speaking with villagers in these communities.

This field visit enabled the identification of projects, partners and local organizations, which Development and Peace will support in order to implement its program to fight against food insecurity in the Sahel.

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In Northern Iraq, solidarity for the displaced is a sign of hope

January 21, 2015
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By Guy Des Aulniers, Emergencies Program Officer for the Middle East

It’s Monday morning in Erbil. It’s 6 a.m. and the sun still hasn’t come up. Santa Lucia Church is situated just across from the hotel where I’m staying. From my window, I can count about 40 tents, placed closely together, one glued to the other. In each tent, there are partitions which separate the three families that live there (each family consists of about 8 people), the rooms and the kitchens. Although there is heating, the ground is only covered with a burlap rug. 

Good governance key to fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone

January 14, 2015
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Cynthia D'Cruz, Communications Assistant

Sierra Leone currently has the highest incidence of Ebola, with over 7,786 infections and 2,696 confirmed deaths (as of January 14, 2015). Beyond the immediate health crisis, there have also been concerns raised pertaining to the long term socio-economic impacts of the disease. These concerns include the economy, the social fabric, food security and agricultural production (due to loss of human capital).

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Ten Years after the Tsunami

December 26, 2014
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Jess Agustin, Programs Officer for the Philippines

Ten years after the Tsunami that took place on December 26th, 2004, Development and Peace’s partners in Aceh, Indonesia were given the opportunity to look back and reflect on the many remarkable and inspiring accomplishments that were achieved during the reconstruction period that followed.

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Desayuno solidario with Bolivian partners in Quebec City

December 15, 2014
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Valérie Hervieux, a Québec sans frontières Sans (QSF) intern with Development and Peace, who will participate in an internship with CEPROSI in Bolivia during the summer of 2015.

On Saturday, November 29, a number of Development and Peace members and supporters gathered to share a desayuno solidario in Quebec City. This solidarity breakfast was organized by Development and Peace, in participation with the Comité de Solidarité de Trois-Rivières, the Centro de Promoción y Salud Integral (CEPROSI), the Consulate of the Plurinational State of Bolivia in Quebec City and the Association Québec-Bolivie (Québec-Bolivia Association).

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The Ebola virus is also killing social cohesion

December 15, 2014
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Stéphane Vinhas, Programm Officer - Emergency Relief

With a fatality rate of over 60%, the result of the current Ebola epidemic on the body is obvious. The psychological impact is less visible, but the virus is also breaking morale. It is generating fear and negatively impacting mental health. In so doing, it is breeding social collapse, undermining the fabric of communities and contributing to the rise of rejection, violence and conflict, which, in turn, facilitate its spread.

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COP20: Bishops dialogue with diplomats on climate change

December 10, 2014
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Mary Durran, International Programs Officer for Latin America

It seemed a million miles away from the melting glaciers, the eroding deserts and the shrinking forest frontlines of the international battle against climate change. A Catholic school hall surrounded by manicured gardens in an upper class suburb of Lima was the setting for a high level dialogue between the Peruvian bishops’ conference, bishops from France, Brazil, Bangladesh and South Africa, and delegates from some of the developed nations attending the UN climate talks currently taking place in Lima.

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It’s out of small steps that big things happen

November 24, 2014
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Kira Paisley, Sow Much Love photo contest winner

I felt very fortunate to have been given the chance, through Development and Peace’s Sow Much Love photo contest, to attend Food Secure Canada’s 8th National Assembly in Halifax from November 13-15, 2014.

Food and justice: building a wave of change

November 19, 2014
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Elana Wright, Education Material Officer

Food growers, food activists, food academics, and food policymakers came together at the 8th annual Food Secure Canada Global Assembly, Waves of Change: Sustainable Food for All, in Halifax to share experiences, research, and strategies on the best ways to ensure that people across Canada and around the world will be able to feed themselves. The focus was on how to produce healthy, nutritious food in a sustainable way, so that we will be able to continue to feed ourselves into the future.