Sunday, October 16 is World Food Day, and this year's theme is "Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too." The relationship between agriculture and the environment is the crux of much of Heifer International's work in the field.
I recently asked one of the world's foremost EMS experts the secret of creating a response system that can be anywhere in 3 minutes or less to save someone from something.
Here is what sustainable development looks like in the aftermath of disaster.
United Nations designated the entire year the International Year of Soils. And today is World Soil Day. As helpful as soil is to keeping humans alive, we humans haven't taken very good care of this precious, non-renewable resource.
There has been much written about the amazing act of giving and what it can do to impact happiness and purpose. I am, by profession, a marketer and a fundraiser.
With goals as significant as the Sustainable Development Goals, it is of the utmost importance to have plans for determining progress and success -- or lack thereof -- toward the desired ends. Strong evaluation plans allow organizations and other players to gauge if what they are doing works, and if not, what they need to do to course-correct.
In our development model, dignity and self-reliance are critical elements that drive the essence and spirit of our work. Training and preparation are as important as the living assets we place with families and communities around the world.
I'd like to celebrate girls as they reach for their greatest ambitions. But let's keep in mind the 62 million girls who aren't in school, and let's all do what we can do to become part of the solution. Change starts when each of us makes a commitment to creating better circumstances for our global community.
One would be hard pressed to find a single humanitarian organization with the ability do everything it could dream of all by itself. Understandably, much of Heifer International's work to end poverty would not be possible without some form of outside assistance.
Let's celebrate that fewer than 10 percent of the world's population will live on less than $1.90 a day, but remember there are millions who live between that line and a true living income. This is the gap we must close.