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Management of food systems and their underlying resources. These stories center on ways of maintaining productive, healthy, and sustainable systems of agriculture, fishing, and forestry. Included also are efforts to establish food security, community food systems, and responsible irrigation.

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Agroforestry and land reform give Brazil cacao farmers sweet taste of success

Mongabay

Multi-Media / 800-1500 Words

After there was a fungal disease outbreak in the 1990s that affected cacao crops in Brazil, a group of 150 community members got together to collectively manage a farm to grow back cacao trees using agroforestry techniques. Because of their efforts, they sell their cacao to major chocolate brands...

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How Banana Waste Is Turned Into Rugs, Fabric, And Hair Extensions

Business Insider

Video / 5-15 Minutes

A Ugandan company called TEXFAD is taking the stems from banana trees that would normally go to waste and is turning them into new textiles like rugs, place mats, and hair extensions. Over its eight year existence, TEXFAD has grown to also employ 23 people, many of whom started in their internshi...

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The pandemic could change U.S. fisheries forever. Will it be for better or for worse?

The Counter

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To weather the uncertainties of the pandemic and geopolitical trade disputes, many small, locally-operated fisheries in the United States have upended the way they do business by selling their catches directly to consumers. For example, OC Wild Seafood in California started to sell its spiny lobs...

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Zimbabwe's mango growers look to the sun to boost incomes

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Text / 800-1500 Words

A new dried fruit processing center in Zimbabwe has allowed farmers to turn their excess mangos into another product that can be sold to various markets around the world. The center serves more than 3,400 farmers and farmers can fetch up to four times as much for dried mangos as they would normal...

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Wales's "One Planet" Policy Is Transforming Rural Life

Reasons to be Cheerful

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Wales’ One Planet Development Policy allows people to live a more sustainable lifestyle by using only the resources on the land they reside. For one family, they get their electricity from their own solar array, heat from firewood, and food from their gardens and livestock. Each year, they must p...

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Treetop sensors help Indonesia eavesdrop on forests to cut logging

Thomson Reuters Foundation

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In Indonesia, there are 27 “Guardian” sensors eavesdropping on forests as a way to monitor them for cases of illegal logging. The organization Rainforest Connection uses artificial intelligence to analyze the audio from these sensors and if the system picks up the sound of a chainsaw, it sends a ...

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