Islands of Peace: a new type of farming to address global food challenges

“Teach a man how to fish and you’ll feed him for a lifetime.”

Every year, Islands of Peace (Iles de Paix), trains and supports thousands of farmers in order to enhance food security and improve their quality of life.

Islands of Peace is a Belgian development NGO founded in 1965 by Nobel Peace Prize winner Dominique Pire. At that same time, Islands of Peace Luxemburg was created under the initiative of Luxembourgian wishing to support his work. For more than 50 years now, the association has been striving for enterprising men and women willing to escape the vicious circle of poverty in Africa and South America. Rural populations are trained to improve their farming production as well as to enhance products processing and marketing.

Helping farmers to increase harvests instead of simply distributing bags of rice takes time and presents difficulties, but it surely allows more sustainable solutions and bigger impacts on their lives. They will be able to recover faster and cope more easily because they have learnt “how to fish”. The association Islands of Peace is currently active in Burkina Faso, Benin, Tanzania, Uganda and Peru. We implement our development programmes thanks to our own funds (through fundraising, legacies and donations) and with the support of public donors such as Belgian Ministry of Development Cooperation, the Luxembourgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Union.

Fostering an enlightened and active public opinion

In our countries, Islands of Peace has developed an education awareness programme promoting world solidarity and international cooperation to reach broader audiences, but in particular educational institutions. In this respect, Islands of Peace offers to schools various teaching materials and class presentations.