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A Green Revolution, This Time for Africa

The New York Times

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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 bring a new green revolution to Africa.

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Amidst Drought and Famine, Niger Leads West Africa in Addressing Crisis

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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 and resources for an crop planting technique called 're-greening,' which aims to reforest agricultural regions, restoring soil quality and, in turn, ...

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Beyond Profit: A Talk With Muhammad Yunus

The New York Times

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There is much debate about microfinance and whether it actually works. The founder of Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus, discusses the fight to eliminate poverty through his micro-lending bank and the future of social business.

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Farmers markets reaching more consumers who get nutritional benefits

Los Angeles Times

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People in poor neighborhoods struggle to eat healthy. Roots of Change, a non-profit, is making farmers markets accessible to people on federal nutrition benefits, in San Francisco, through creative financing and new technology.

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For Students With a Mission, a Little Capital Goes a Long Way

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At a time when university students lack opportunities and financial help to test their innovative business ideas, the Resolution Project supports higher education students who have ideas for socially responsible businesses and charities. Resolution offers small awards to start businesses as well ...

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Freelance Nation: “The Greatest Economic Transformation in Human History”?

WNYC

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The 2008 recession’s job losses spurred a development of a Do-It-Yourself economy. With the advent of Uber, Etsy, Airbnb, and others, the marketplace has become full of micro-entrepreneurs who thrive with independent web-assisted businesses.

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How to Feed the Hungry, Faster

The New York Times

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America is the world’s main supplier of food aid to impoverished countries; however, food aid has the problems of long-distance transportation, cost of the transportation and storage, and the navigation through dangerous zones. Different programs around the world are experimenting with alternati...

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In Bangladesh, 'Floating Farms' Overcome Monsoon Rains

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During rain seasons in Bangladesh, rivers flooded villages and their agriculture so that local economies and food supplies were in jeopardy. A Bangladeshi non-profit Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha introduced small floating farms designed to be run by women. Consequently, the organization has initia...

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Illuminating Thoughts on Power

The New York Times

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A follow-up article on Husk Power Systems, which has created a scalable system to turn rice husks into electricity that is reliable, eco-friendly and affordable for families in India. The company bases their business model around local involvement, grassroots systems that cater to the immediate c...

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How to Grow a Social Business

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Two columns on microconsignment, a new variation on microcredit that helps poor people living in developing countries - particularly women in rural villages - start small social businesses without taking on debt or requiring previous business skills. The organization, Soluciones Comunitarias, par...

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