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IESC Leverages Kansas State University’s Food Safety Expertise to Strengthen Paraguay’s Food Laboratories
Each year, “unsafe food causes 600 million cases of foodborne diseases and 420,000 deaths” worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. As Paraguay depends on agricultural goods for more than 72.6 percent of its total exports, quality testing in line with international standards can help identify and control food safety…
International Women’s Day 2023: Embrace Equity
IESC’s Home Office team embraces equity.
By David Hartingh, President and CEO
This week IESC celebrates…read more
Setting the stage for greater private sector-led approaches to workforce skills development
Life has changed for Ana Zarandia, a 22-year-old from Jikhashkari village in Zugdidi municipality. After graduating from the Construction Faculty of Georgian Technical University, she could not find work in her field. After completing a vocational training program at Construct2 College in Zestaponi, however, her fortunes improved. Now a well-paid steel…
IESC Volunteers Support Kenyan Dairy Cooperative to Survive and Thrive Despite Drought Conditions
The ongoing drought in Kenya is the longest the country has experienced in at least 40 years, an effect of the evolving climate crisis. The current drought has left an estimated 4.1 million Kenyans food insecure. According to the Agriculture Ministry, over 1.5 million livestock have been reported dead and many smallholder dairy farmers have lost…
Tanzania is blessed with 44 million acres of arable land and genial climate for agriculture. More than 45% of the country’s population is comprised of energetic youths and the future of Tanzania’s agriculture sector lies with them; their participation in the sector could lead to increased productivity, stronger food security, and job creation.
Johannes John, chairperson of Sasa…read more
Empowering Sri Lankan farmers with practical knowledge and best practices in modern dairy farming
Sri Lanka’s ‘hill country,’ the mountainous region in the center of the island, offers the best climatic conditions for dairy farming. But the advantages end there. Small- and medium-scale dairy farmers in the region have access to very little land, and the hilly terrain limits space for proper cattle sheds and fodder cultivation. Many small-…