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World Food Day: Fighting hunger and poverty in rural Indonesia

Social protection and agriculture: Breaking the cycle of rural poverty is the theme of World Food Day today. It is important to highlight the importance of agriculture in reducing rural poverty and helping ensure people's access to food.

In Indonesia, massive disparities persist between urban centers such as Jakarta, which are mostly located on Java, and the poor rural islands of eastern Indonesia, such as Timor. These islands are isolated not only by distance, but also by poor infrastructure and public services plus livelihoods gained largely from subsistence agriculture.

Somalian 16-year-old escapes for a new life

By: Lisa Hayes

When I recently visited the CWS refugee center in Jakarta, Indonesia, I spoke with a 16-year-old girl from Somalia. Covered in the traditional Muslim hijab, she had a thin frame and shy demeanor. For security reasons, I'm not able to reveal her name nor show her face. But I can tell her story.

Clean Water Makes All the Difference

By: Lisa Hayes

Poverty is widespread in Soe on the island of Timor in Indonesia. Poor infrastructure, lack of educational opportunities and little access to basic necessities creates major challenges for people living in rural areas.

On my visit there, I met with Nakor Sabu, a community leader in Oeulasi village outside of Soe, and his wife Maria who have three children. They told me about the problems they used to have with water-a problem they shared with people in most of the villages in the area. There is a spring about fifteen minutes walking distance from their house, but the water was contaminated because there was no structure to protect the spring from animal waste and falling leaves.

2015 International Women's Day: Make it Happen

This year, on International Women's Day, CWS Indonesia celebrates women's achievements while calling for greater equality during the "Make it Happen" campaign.

‘Make it Happen' means providing more opportunity for women in science, engineering and technology; for greater awareness of women's equality; for more women in senior leadership roles; for equal recognition of women in the arts; for growth of women owned business; for increased financial independence of women; for fairer recognition of women in sport.

Zero Hunger: It's possible

World Food Day 2014 lifts up family farming - the way of life for most people in West Timor. People like Yance Banunaek, a mother of three from EnoNabuasa village in Timor Tengah Selatan District. However, water is scarce on this small island in eastern Indonesia, and Yance and her fellow villagers struggled to access water for agriculture. "Most of the time, there was only enough water for our community's consumption. In the dry season, the situation was worse, as the water from the spring was barely enough for all in the community, let alone for agriculture. Therefore we used to go to the center of SoE (the District capital) to buy food, including vegetables, as we could not produce enough food for our families," said Yance.

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