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  1. Investment in smallholder farmers is key to feeding the world AND reducing poverty

    13 November 2017 at 17:59 - by Eugene Ellmen - 0 comments

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    According to UN estimates, the world population is expected to grow from about seven billion currently to more than nine billion by 2050. This means that farmers around the world are going to have to produce a lot more food, while limiting their impact on land, water and the global climate.

    Oikocredit Agricultural Partner, Union communale des Producteurs d'Ananas d'Alladal, Benin, Africa (UPCA-A) Photograph: Nicolas Villaume

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  2. ‘A year ago, having a TV was a distant': How affordable, solar power is bringing small home appliances to families in Africa

    6 October 2017 at 16:51 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

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    Johan Elsen, managing director of Oikocredit Belgium, visits Ghana to see the positive social and economic impact of affordable, solar energy on low-income families.

    Seamstress, Veronica, employee of Helen Tetteh: Working in a micro business that is now powered by award-winning PEG solar technology.  Photograph: Capture Ghana.

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  3. Egyptian social enterprise addresses gender equality at its roots

    15 May 2017 at 11:15 - by Archie Pearson - 0 comments

    Co-operative, Sekem, uses impact investing to support rural farming communities and provide education for smallholders, with a focus on gender parity

    Carpentry lessons open to local women at Oikocredit partner, SEKEM, Egypt.  Photograph: Oikocredit

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  4. One family's entrepreneurial journey out of poverty using social impact investing

    30 March 2017 at 22:28 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

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    One in four of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas, often relying on a few staple crops to meet their daily needs and generate a small income.  They are also more likely to be affected by climate change since many scientists believe it to be responsible for the unpredictable, extreme droughts and rains that destroy harvests and lives.  Since these rural communities have limited access to finance and technical support to build their smallholdings and create greater resilience, they rarely attain the economic empowerment they need to break free from the poverty cycle.

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  5. Creating sustainable farming communities in the Egyptian desert

    8 March 2017 at 07:00 - by Archie Pearson, Monica Middleton - 0 comments

     From desert land, to shop, to a jolly good cup of organic, herbal tea

     Chamomile lawn, Egypt. Photography, SEKEM

    Over the decades, much of the previously lush, fertile land surrounding the River Nile has been destroyed by urban expansion or overtaken by desert tundra.  The small canals which feed into the Nile overflow with rubbish and sewage, damaging the local ecosystem and irrigation of small parcels of land used by smallholder farmers.  For local communities who have lived off the land for centuries, this renders the environment unhealthy and the soil useless for generating subsistence crops or a modest income.

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  6. Do you agree with Angus Deaton?

    20 October 2015 at 10:29 - by David Woods - 0 comments

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    With the announcement of the 2015 Nobel Prizes earlier this month, it was interesting to see the economics prize going to Angus Deaton, a Scottish professor (albeit based in the US) with outspoken views on inequality, foreign aid and poverty measurement — all issues central to Oikocredit’s work and mission.

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  7. Can organic principles be hypocritical?

    1 October 2015 at 09:20 - by David Woods - 0 comments

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    Investors in Oikocredit regularly ask us to do two things: finance organic agriculture and stay away from anything related to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). While we understand both standpoints, we must balance these requests with our mission to empower the disadvantaged, including in situations where alternatives to GMOs cannot be accessed.

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  8. At the forefront of sustainable development using investors’ capital

    2 July 2015 at 13:51 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

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    40 years of existing is reason enough to celebrate. But even more so when one’s birth marked the beginning of a world-wide movement founded on the principles of justice, self-reliance and economic empowerment for all, with a mission to alleviate conditions of poverty by providing credit and resources to the most disadvantaged, financially-excluded, “unbankable” communities in the world.

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