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From the roof to the living room, startups tackle urban farming

Public Radio International (PRI)

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Farmland is expensive and scarce in urban areas. In Boston Higher Ground Farm uses green roofs to grow its produce and Grove Lab has designed a cabinet for people to grow their vegetables indoors.

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Malawian Farmers Say Adapt To Climate Change Or Die

NPR

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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 Department of Meteorological Services added "Climate Change" to its name. A new aid gro...

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It's the seed that has the money

The Swazi Nation

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Seed farming—growing seeds, rather than crops, to sell—is on the rise in Africa, as climate change and tough droughts are leading farmers to seek drought-resistant seeds. Several international organizations are targeting women to grow seeds for resale, which has also improved the lives of women i...

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Denmark Might Be Winning The Global Race To Prevent Food Waste

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To decrease the nations food waste, activists in Denmark showed the people that it was safe buy and consume items that were very recently expired.

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Wasting Less of Africa's Harvest in Order to Prosper

The New York Times

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Crop production is very high in Tanzania but the farmers have no way of storing crops so most produce goes bad. Researchers are beginning to create storage systems that allow for produce to last longer and help farmers create a greater product and income.

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In Haiti, Turning Human Waste to Flowers

Bright Magazine

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One program has found a way to turn feces into agricultural compost, which has helped Haiti, a country with limited sanitation systems, both keep its water clean and grow food.

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If Everybody Hates Wasting Food, Why Do We Do It (And How Can We Stop)?

Ensia

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Most people are unaware of how much food they waste. Food waste campaigns across the world are using creative marketing to raise awareness and encourage behavior change.

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What Will it Take to Get Plastics out of the Ocean?

Ensia

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The amount of plastic debris in our oceans and water sources - especially nanoplastics that are increasingly prevalent in our food chain - is so enormous it's often beyond comprehension, and immensely difficult to address. As countries continue to industrialize and single-use products become more...

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Growing A Solution To California's Groundwater Crisis

National Geographic

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Due to drought and water shortage in California's Central Coast, community members collaborate with local government to create better water usage systems from runoff and to recycle waste water in order to irrigate crops.

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What a Little Land Can Do

The New York Times

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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 Landesa is having success in India through a non-confiscatory model that gives famil...

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