Friday, October 30, 2009

Nina Paonessa
Locust Grove, VA
March 6, 1924 - October 28, 2009

Services on: Monday, November 2, 2009 at M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel
2730 Military Road
Niagara Falls, New York 14304
Phone: (716) 298-1800

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Great Funding Opportunity for Start-ups

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We have pointed out the horrible nature of angel investing help organizations, those guys that charge you $500 to $5,000 for advice on how to raise angel money and then introductions to some angels.  These groups almost never help land funds, and the unwitting entrepreneur can spend lots of time and money chasing a dream.

So today, I wanted to tell you about a new, exciting, safe way to raise funds.  This method probably wont be useful to raise $100,000, but if you need $10,000 or so, it would be a great bet for you.  Fred Anderson, from Atlanta, was interested in starting a car inspection center.  He tried banks and other traditional outlets, but was not able to find the resources.  So, he placed an ad on and soon had raised the needed $7,000 from almost 200 investors in 15 countries. was designed to provide micro-financing for super-small businesses in poor countries like India.  You can go on Kiva, see listings of hundreds of small businesses around the world, and invest in companies that appeal to you.  You invest as much or as little as you wish, even just $25.  And, incredibly, the default rate on loans like this is very small, usually less than 2%.  Its a great way to help the poor and a powerful website.  The site now allows U.S. based firms to list their opportunities too, which is how Fred was able to get involved.  If you want to start a small business here in the U.S., we recommend giving kiva a try……
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Or if you would like a better way to invest your money for a good cause, instead of having it sit in a bank savings account earning next to nothing, this could be a great alternative!!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

For Nina Paonessa, My Mother

Perhaps God is a poet
who writes with words
of flesh and bone and leaf and flower.
Every hour of every day,
words pour out of the poet's heart,
and every word is beautiful
and true and worth the telling.
And when each poem is perfect,
and there is no more which ought to be said,
the poet gently takes the words
back into his heart,
where they are safe forever...
and then begins again.
             author unknown

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Fight hunger, get inspired on World Food Day USA

What did you to to be an inspiration for World Food Day? In case you missed it, Friday, Oct. 16 was World Food Day USAThe worldwide event is designed to increase awareness and understanding, and is a call to action to alleviate world hunger. It is observed today in recognition of the found of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1945. The first World Food Day was in 1981. The day is sponsored by 450 national, private voluntary organizations in the U.S. today.

WFD planning is done at the community level. Individual groups can hold a special event, but the most successful observances happen when organizers work together with affiliates of national sponsors. Local coalitions, representing the diversity of national sponsors, can share ideas that will involve schools, businesses, worship centers, government offices, service groups, the media, etc.

On this World Food Day 2009, with the theme Achieving Food Security in Times of Crisis, the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP), as part of the Farmers ‘Fighting Poverty program,’ calls upon governments and funding agencies for a major effort to invest in farmers’ organizations in developing countries. The future of food security hangs in the balance. The 20 billion dollar agricultural investments promised by the G-8 could lead to global food security if farmers’ organizations are the focus of the resources. Read more here...

The 2009 WFDUSA is the 29th observance of the day. The challenge is to coordinate community planning and increase awareness. What are you doing to observe WFDUSA? Please leave your comments below.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

World Food Prize winner says public, private research needed to combat global hunger

Three days before he will accept the $250,000 World Food Prize, Gebisa Ejeta told a crowd at the Iowa State University Memorial Union that the success of the Green Revolution and complacency helped lead to a crisis that today puts a sixth of humanity at risk of malnutrition and starvation.

"Global hunger is a moral issue, a problem too big to ignore," Ejeta said during his hour-long Norman Borlaug Lecture, an annual event named after the founder of the Food Prize. The Iowa-born Borlaug, credited with saving a billion lives for his work in developing high-yielding varieties of wheat, died September 12 at the age of 95.

Ejeta, who grew up in a thatched hut in rural Ethopia, is now a plant breeder at Purdue University. Working at the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics in Sudan, Ejeta developed the first hybrid sorghum varieties for Africa. His research led to some varieties that yielded up to five times as much as traditional sorghum, an important food crop in Africa. And he developed varieties that are resistant to a parasitic weed, Striga, or witchweed.

In spite of the advances of science, the plight of the poor in Africa and South Asia has not improved in recent years, Ejeta said at Iowa State.

In the past three years the number of people on the planet who are hungry has increased from 800 million to a billion, one sixth of humanity.

And, as some nations start to recover from a global recession, the poor are still hungry.

"All too often, it becomes a multigenerational condemnation of the body and soul," Ejeta said.

Getting to this point is complicated, with a lot of causes: Declining budgets in developed countries not only for food aid, but for assistance in research. And food aid dwarfs spending on research and outreach that would help Africas farmers produce more.

Also, agricultural research in the U.S. and developed countries has been so successful that the public has taken it for granted, he said. In a century, U.S. food productivity increased almost tenfold, driven at first by research and commercialization of hybrid seed corn under the leadership of Henry Wallace, who served as ag secretary and vice president during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

"Agricultural science has become a victim of its own success," Ejeta said.

Ejeta said that Africa could also benefit from more educational systems modeled on the U.S. land grant university system and cooperative extension service. Many research centers in Africa were set up by colonial nations to focus on export crops like tea, coffee and cotton instead of food crops grown locally.

Global food security has gotten worse for other reasons, too, he said -- climate change, oil and energy shocks and now, the global recession.

"We now recognize our world is not as food awash as we once believed," he said.

As another part of the solution to hunger, Ejeta said he supports the Global Food Security Act introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Robert Casey (D-PA).

The bill authorizes additional resources for agricultural productivity and rural development. Their plan draws from the experience of U.S. land grant colleges and the contributions they have made to U.S. agriculture. It passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Unanimously and awaits a vote in the full Senate.

Dan Looker
Successful Farming magazine Business Editor

10/13/2009, 4:15 PM CDT
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