Examples of ways to alleviate poverty

Tools for Self Reliance in Africa. This UK-based organisation works with local partners to relieve poverty in Africa by supporting small businesses. It funds business skills and other training projects in Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Zambia and Malawi. And each year it puts tens of thousands of refurbished tools and sewing machines into the hands of people who really need them.

Apiculture and poverty alleviation in Cameroon [part 1; part 2]. FAO trade statistics show that Cameroon imports annually honey worth US$700,000. This does not reflect the amount of honey that is produced and consumed locally. Local communities in Cameroon have always harvested honey from the wild and many still do so. Honey is consumed as a beverage and is used in the preparation of many traditional medicines. This article highlights the role of beekeeping in biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation in Cameroon.

Homestead catfish culture in Bangladesh. From the introduction: A large part of the population of Bangladesh is poor. The poorest of these poor find themselves in a vicious circle, because they donít have sufficient back-up funds to prime income-generating activities. Many attempts have been made to break this circle. Instead of providing money or other means to acquire resources to generate income, another approach to the poverty-problem is to try to find a way to generate income with resources available to these poorest people. In Bangladesh, most poor people can work, have access to land on which their shack is built, what the area (or fields) around it can provide, and water. An income-generating activity making optimal use of these resources is homestead catfish culture, as was practised locally in the project area of the Compartmentalization Pilot Project (CPP) in the central region of Bangladesh. This practice was taken up by the CPP, and further refined into a homestead fish-culture programme

Poverty alleviation through livestock development. The impact of economic reforms introduced by the Vietnamese government in the 1980s and in the 1990s has benefited the lowland areas more than the uplands which remain the poorest parts of the country. Livestock development has been identified by the Governmentës Comprehensive Poverty Reduction and Growth Strategy as one of the priorities to reduce poverty. The overall goal of the project is to increase farmerís incomes by strengthening appropriate, sustainable and replicable livestock services and livestock production systems. The projects showed that the strengthening of veterinary capacities is able to support small investments in pig production by farmers. Based on this experience, a new project will work with a wider range of public and private providers of livestock services at a greater scale (143 communes and 6 districts) to enable pig and poultry development by Farmersí Interest Groups.

The Drum Beat 463 addresses the problem of food scarcity, including food distribution, the effects of the loss of farming knowledge due to AIDS, and the risks posed by weather changes, as well as fundraising tactics for food aid programmes. It looks equally at food security and the role of communication in increasing the dissemination of knowledge associated with food production.

"SEEDS" is a series of online booklets about innovative and practical program ideas developed to address the economic roles and needs of low income women. Introductory booklet about SEEDS including information on how to receive all SEEDS booklets. If you go to the following website: http://www.popcouncil.org/ and type SEEDS in the search bar, all the booklets up till now will show up as free pdf's. 

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