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The cotton industry is turning to a wide variety of innovations such as remote sensing, water regulation, no-till methods etc. in order to combat the varied and complex impacts climate change is having on it.


Laura Routh

February 20, 2017

United States

Not every route to prosperity involves trashing the planet.


Nathanael Johnson

December 15, 2016

San Jose, Costa Rica

In this episode of New Mexico in Focus, we examine the economic impact of medical cannabis in rural communities in our latest report for Small Towns, Big Change. Producer Sarah Gustavus also looks at the potential impact of legalizing recreational marijuana in New Mexico.

New Mexico PBS

Sarah Gustavus

November 18, 2016

Las Vegas, New Mexico, United States

For something as important as food, many communities in the West struggle. That's because agricultural systems aren't really geared for the communities that harvest the food. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss some of the most interesting challenges — and solutions — to rural food supply.

High Country News

Brian Calvert

November 15, 2016

Payona, Colorado, United States

In the United States, minors are often tried and sentenced as adults, leading to traumatizing circumstances and high recidivism. In Germany, minors cannot be tried as adults and are put in prisons that double as farms, aiming to mirror the outside world.


Sarah Gonzalez

October 10, 2016

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany

Climate change causes intense weather, such as droughts and hurricanes, which damage vegetation and cultivation of farming practices. In addition, farming can contribute to climate change because it causes greenhouse gas emissions. The Malawi Farmer to Farmer Agroecology project has offered low-cost and low-technology techniques, as well as farmer-to-farmer teaching, which has successfully diversified crops and improved food security.

The Conversation

Rachel Bezner Kerr

September 21, 2016

Malawi, Africa

A tax break for open space may help protect New Mexico’s farm land from development, preserving generations-old tradition and ownership, while maintaining valuable land for a future agricultural resurgence.

The Taos News

JR Logan

September 6, 2016

Taos, New Mexico, United States

To develop the next generation of producers, the Young Farmers Coalition non-profit is now pushing Congress and individual state legislatures to take a big step: forgiving farmers’ student loans.

High Country News

Lyndsey Gilpin

September 5, 2016

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

A group of agriculture producers think new, low-cost growing techniques, high-value crops and an increased interest in local produce offer solutions to New Mexico’s food struggles.

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Staci Matlock

September 3, 2016

Española, New Mexico, United States

New initiatives connect farmers and consumers - supplying fresh, chemical-free vegetables to Bengaluru residents.


Kate Clark

September 1, 2016

Bengaluru, India

Environmental refugees in Ethiopia flee their country because there are no jobs without healthy land. A group of former refugees have returned to Ethiopia with a business venture in Gergera to improve the land by regreening efforts, foresting, and building water conservation systems. The new businesses demonstrated such positive effects that the region is now on the brink of resettlement due to improved environmental conditions.

The Guardian

Cathy Watson

August 3, 2016

Mekelle, Ethiopia

Israel experienced extreme drought a few years ago and its water supply was very low. National campaigns to install desalination plants have helped Israel turnaround its inadequate water supply into a surplus. The water scientists who have helped make this surplus see an opportunity for water diplomacy and the de-politicization of water in the Middle East so that more of it can be shared with other geographies.


Rowan Jacobson

July 19, 2016

Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

For the last 700 years women in Ghana and Liberia have been using a valuable farming technique that modern-day agronomists have only recently figured out. It transforms depleted soil into "enduringly fertile" farmland.


Lily Kuo

June 22, 2016


The Gates Foundation invests in a new form of rice in India that can survive underwater, making it invaluable to regions prone to flooding.


Catherine Cheney

June 9, 2016

Bihar, India

Farmers and land owners in the Rio Grande del Rancho region are using a collaborative, community-based approach fostered by acequias to ensure better sharing of water resources in times of scarcity.

The Taos News

JR Logan

May 27, 2016

Talpa, New Mexico, United States

An over-taxed basin in Colorado is getting its water use under control through the sub-district project, an innovative a user-led solution for solving water problems.

High Country News

Paige Blankenbuehler

May 26, 2016

Centre, Colorado, United States

Indian farmers frequently struggle with cheap ways to store their produce. A new kind of low-cost onion storage facility, built by 19-year-old farmer Rohit Patel, may eventually come to the rescue of onion farmers across the country.


Siddharth Ranjan Das

May 23, 2016

Dedla, India

Middle Tennessee nonprofit KORE Foundation is combating poverty in rural Haiti with the help of chickens.

The Tennessean

Jamie McGee

May 23, 2016

Gressier, Haiti

Growing wolf populations in Wyoming are forcing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make hard decisions about culling the endangered species in order to preserve local wildlife and livestock.

Wyoming Public Radio

Melodie Edwards

May 20, 2016

Bondurant, Wyoming, United States

As farmers continue to experience floods—and lack control over the dredging of the rivers running through their farms—a few have looked to homegrown solutions, and others to amending policy to create "subdistricts."

Richland Source

Dillon Carr

May 16, 2016

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

Female farmers are working to close Oregon's gender gap in the agriculture industry. Communities like the OSU farm networks provide a forum where these women can share experiences.

OR Magazine

Erin Hampton

April 1, 2016

Oregon, United States

Wolves and ranchers have a long history of conflict. Today, wolves are back in Oregon, and ranchers are learning how to coexist with them, using an array of nonviolent techniques to protect both their herds and the predators.

OR Magazine

Haley Rivet

April 1, 2016

Oregon, United States

Finally, the right to own land in their own name has begun to change the way thousands of very poor women farm and feed families in some parts of India.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

March 22, 2016

Baripada, Odisha, India

How might African farmers enhance their productivity and increase their resilience to climate change without compromising the health of their land? How might American companies play a role without short-term gains standing in the way of long-term sustainability? The two are coming together to create a solution for a sustainable future for the African continent.


Catherine Cheney

March 17, 2016


Brazil's small farmers can now directly supply the country's school meals programs. It's been a big boost for local farmers, and it's helping the schools too.

Public Radio International

Rhitu Chatterjee

February 10, 2016

Promissão, Brazil

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