Bess Palmisciano, our founder and Executive Director, is currently touring the Agadez region, visiting our partner communities with RAIN staff Koini and Halima to check on garden progress, resolve issues and plan new gardens for the upcoming planting season. Some gardens in Agadez were damaged by floods, restoration of these will continue this fall. In the communities of Foudouk, Tadiben and Gougaram, new cereal banks and general stores have been established. Herding populations decimated by drought have been restored in numerous communities. These developments supplement the increased food security that the school market garden brings to each community.
In a partnership with The Global Hunger Foundation, this fall will begin a pilot program of teaching the principals of organic, sustainable agriculture cirriculum to children (with a focus on girls), hand in hand with lessons in gender equality, empowerment and leadership. Bess will soon be bringing firsthand stories and photos from our partner communities about the results of these exciting developments.
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