A UN group has been asking people in roughly 200 countries to set their own priorities for human development in an online survey called "My World." Overwhelmingly, participants have ranked a good education as their greatest priority, even amongst huge ongoing challenges to eradicate deadly disease, feed the hungry, improve nutrition and provide clean water.
Back in 1988, long before thoughts of Millennium Development Goals, Helen Keller International took a chance on a small idea: could home gardens that produced nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables make a difference in improving nutrition and reducing blindness for families in Bangladesh, a country with one of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world?
Last year we learned that the world achieved an historic milestone that has changed the lives of more than half a billion people. The World Bank announced that the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing the number of people living in extreme poverty by half has already been met, five years ahead of schedule.