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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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At a Big Church, a Small Group Health Solution

The New York Times

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The best way to lose weight is to join a small group. Two columns on groups in churches and the workplace – and how to design them so they work.

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At a YMCA Near You, a Course for a Diabetic Nation

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We know how to prevent diabetes - but the U.S, medical system, with its twisted priorities, doesn’t cover prevention. A new program at the YMCA aims to build structured, effective prevention measures.

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Closing the Broccoli Gap

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The lack of access to healthy food has always been a problem for the financially unstable. Food stamps can now be used to buy fresh produce at farmers markets, but greater success could be achieved by getting grocery stores involved.

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Delta Blues, Part 2: When Life Gives You Rainwater, Make Shrimp Ponds

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Farmers in Vietnam face rising sea levels but rejected the city's water engineering projects. They prefer gradual measures to cope with climate change so scientists have allowed the farmers to steer the conversation.

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Delta Blues, Part 3: Better Together

WWNO

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Louisiana and Vietnam both need affordable solutions to rising sea levels. Leaders from Vietnam visited Louisiana to compare ideas.

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Doing More Than Praying for Rain

The New York Times

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Most insurance companies avoid insuring poor farmers because the transaction costs are too high, but a non-profit in Kenya created a sustainable way to cover them.

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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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FDA's ‘terrible policy error' blocks simple step to prevent fatal birth defects

The Seattle Times

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The life-saving vitamin folic acid is added to flour in the United States, but Hispanics tend to eat little flour. Adding folic acid to corn flour would reduce birth defects in Hispanic women in the U.S.

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