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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

PBS

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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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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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Education in Indian Country: Obstacles and Opportunity

Education Week

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Native American student graduation rates are much lower than that of any other demographic. The Red Cloud school teaches students on a reservation in South Dakota, about the Lakota history to empower the kids and encourage resilience.

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Can grains of the past help us weather storms of the future?

Ensia

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After a devastating cyclone changed the nature of local soil, NGOs preserved Indian rice crops by reintroducing traditional rice varieties that can be cultivated even in salt ridden earth.

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Lessons from under the coconut tree

The Boston Globe

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Boston professors visit countries and homes of foreign students to better understand their culture and gain insights about how to better teach them. The goal is to reach across cultural divides to help a big part of the student population — emigres from faraway lands — that is plagued with low st...

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How Seattle Made Dark Alleys Safer—By Throwing Parties In Them

Yes! Magazine

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Alleys in Seattle were once places of illicit, illegal, and unsanitary activity. The International Sustainability Institute in Seattle began organizing music and art events to bring in people, which, in turn, cleaned-up the crime and garbage. As an urban development strategy, adjacent vacant stor...

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MPS looks to Oakland model to work differently with African-American boys

MinnPost

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African American boys were being treated less-than-equally by the Oakland Unified School District - a change of culture was implemented and the playing field leveled. Now, Minnesota is looking to adopt the same system that was started in Oakland by creating schools that are exclusively for Africa...

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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

Voa News

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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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