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Harper's Magazine

Lisa M. Hamilton

17 April 2014

Altiplano, Bolivia

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The solution is quinoa, the problem is a bit more complicated. As the human population increases alongside environmental challenges like water scarcity and climate change, quinoa shines as the answer to what can withs...

Minnesota Public Radio

Jennifer Vogel

16 April 2014

Saint Michael, Minnesota, United States

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Capturing water during times of plenty, storing it underground, and pulling it out later when it's needed—it's a strategy used in the western and southeastern parts of the country, and now, for the first time, in Minn...

Next City

Tracie McMillan

14 April 2014

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In an agricultural system designed for big-industrial growers, many farmers struggle to bridge the relationship between their produce and consumers, as well as strengthening local economies. The food hub is a collecti...

Minnesota Public Radio

Martin Moylan

14 April 2014

Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

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Creating an indoor aquaculture operation in an old brewery is, oddly enough, using surprisingly little water.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

9 April 2014

Tanzania

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The Green Revolution in Asia and Latin America never spread to Africa, due to the continent's varied climate, degraded soil and lack of infrastructure. Now, scientists look to develop a high grossing wheat seed to bri...

Earth Island

Benjamin Goldfarb

1 April 2014

Alberta, Canada

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A robust population of grizzly bears can be an indicator of healthy land; however, the bears also can destroy grain bins, consume vegetation, and kill livestock. Ranchers work with the Canadian government and local co...

Yale Environment 360

Lisa Palmer

13 March 2014

Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

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Colombia’s National Development Plan for cattle ranching seeks to reduce pasture land from 94 million acres to 70 million acres while increasing cattle numbers from 23 million head to 40 million. The program focuses o...

Minnesota Public Radio

Dan Haugen

19 February 2014

Belgrade, Minnesota, United States

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Minnesotans are being prodded to take a different look at how they use water and how to make sure an apparent abundance can be made to last.

Modern Farmer

Benjamin Goldfarb

10 February 2014

Montana, United States

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When cattle die on ranches in Montana, they can attract grizzly bears that can come dangerously close landowners, ranches, and living livestock. Blackfoot Challenge, a coalition of ranchers and landowners who work wit...

NPR

Jennifer Ludden

1 January 2014

Chikwawa, Southern Region, Malawi

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In just the next couple of decades, the World Bank says, farmers across Africa could lose more than half their cropland to drought and heat - the issue is considered so pressing that, a few years ago, Malawi's Departm...

The New York Times

Sarika Bansal

27 November 2013

Tanzania

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In Tanzania, a country that has yet to fully embrace mobile phones and whose road infrastructure remains weak, farmers have embraced radio as a means of receiving pricing and planting information. The reach and relati...

SFGate

Courtney E. Martin

8 November 2013

San Francisco, California, United States

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The Bay Area has the seventh-highest-ranking income disparity between rich and poor in the United States, and food is one of the most poignant indicators of the division. But a new collaboration between the design fir...

The New York Times

Claire Martin

26 October 2013

United States

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Urbanites who want farm fresh eggs may not know what they're getting themselves into with a live chicken purchase—and wind up offloading their animals. A Pennsylvania couple began a sharing company called Rent the Chi...

East Bay Times

Emily Constance

14 October 2013

Oakland, California, United States

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Disadvantaged individuals can often have difficulty finding employment due to lack of job training and references. A free 12-week program offers intensive culinary training at St. Vincent de Paul kitchen along with ot...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

21 August 2013

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Water:Charity assumed that money and celebrity exposure would be able to solve the world’s access-to-clean-water crisis. But this approach often led to more abandoned water pumps. Charities – and journalists who cover...

NPR

Eliza Barclay

14 June 2013

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Organizations in Detroit are piloting a program to apply food stamp credits in grocery stores towards the purchase of nutritious produce, in order to increase access to healthy items. The initiative can also help the ...

CivicStory

Sonia Schnee

5 June 2013

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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To minimize the problem of abandoned lots, the city of Newark created a program called Adopt-a-Lot. This urban gardening program allows city residents to use a lot to grow flowers, fruits, and vegetables, and the city...

Education Week

Lesli A. Maxwell

31 May 2013

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago's progress in lowering the dropout rate is in part because of a network of charter schools around the city that provide small, alternative programs that specialize in serving students who have dropped out or a...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

3 April 2013

Karnataka, India

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To combat hunger and malnutrition, Digital Green, an N.G.O., is creating and delivering videos about cheap, innovative farming techniques that can substantially increase small farmers' production of staple foods in In...

The Guardian

John Vidal

16 February 2013

Bihar, India

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The System of Root Intensification (SRI) method resulted in dramatically high yields from one Indian village. The system centers on a "less is more" approach and results in higher yields—without the use of GMOs. The i...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

21 November 2012

Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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In many parts of the world, not owning one's own land is more directly correlated to poverty than other factors such as illiteracy, but land reform is controversial, difficult, and expensive. A new program called Land...

FastCompany

Whitney Pastorek

15 November 2012

United States

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While implementing fruits and vegetables into a daily diet is recommended for optimal health, the lack of longevity for produce is often a problem that leads to food waste. Fenugreen FreshPaper, invented by Kavita Shu...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

12 July 2012

Madarounfa, Maradi, Niger

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Officials in Niger are addressing chronic severe droughts causing food shortages and leading to a widespread threat of starvation. They provide aid to malnourished children and resources for a crop planting technique ...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Jacob Kushner

28 June 2012

Haiti

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An essential roadway in Haiti is being rebuilt in the kind of aid Haitians say is vital to economic recovery after the catastrophic earthquake of 2010. National Route 7 is an important highway for farmers and other me...

The Guardian

Cathy Watson

11 June 2012

Kaffrine, Senegal

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Allowing trees and crops to coexist boosts the resiliency of agricultural land. In Senegal, farmers engaged in Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) prune coppiced trees to help the stumps regrow. The practice is...

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