Food Security and Livelihoods: How the Mennonite Brethren Church Used Rice Production to Secure Food and Build Peace in Communities in Chocó.

It has been almost 9 years since the Mennonite Brethren (MB) Church’s agriculture foundation, known in Spanish as Foundacion Agropecuaria Tejiendo Esperanza (FAGROTES), started working with farmers to grow rice and later cacao at a large scale in the municipalities of the San Juan, Chocó – Colombia. Initially, the desire to work with farmers to…

I am Grateful…

In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich. It is very easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements in comparison with what we owe others. ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison, p. 109…

Chocó, Chocolate, and Challenges

Approximately two-thirds of the population of Chocó, a region on the western coast of Colombia, live below the poverty line. It is also a region troubled by violence from internal armed groups, in part due to the growing of illicit crops. In order to respond to this situation, the Weaving Hope Agricultural Foundation (henceforth, the…