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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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Demystifying the MOOC

The New York Times

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The creators of online classes hoped to provide quality education to the disadvantaged but have instead created an international supplement to classroom learning and tool for professional development.

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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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From slipping through the cracks to the college track

The Seattle Times

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Low-income students are at-risk for not completing high school or applying to quality higher education because they lack the guidance, encouragement, and practical support. The Rainier Scholars program in Seattle places fifth graders, who are all minorities, in special coursework through middle a...

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Northfield program shrinks Latino achievement gap

Minnesota Public Radio

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Minnesota schools began a comprehensive program aimed at assisting children of minority groups to successfully navigate the college application process and push them towards higher education.

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Nudging Detroit: Program Doubles Food Stamp Bucks In Grocery Stores

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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 local economy prosper through increased promotion of locally grown produce.

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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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Instead of Student Loans, Investing in Futures

The New York Times

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For millions of students who could succeed in college, the limiting factor is money. Is it possible to finance higher education the way we finance start-up companies?

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