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Rural Development

Addressing forced displacement: Investing in agriculture and rural people

Michel Mordasini | Posted 09.16.2016 | Impact
Michel Mordasini

In recent years, forced displacement has become a global problem of unprecedented scale, driven by conflict, violence, persecution and human rights violations. What is often not recognized is that forced displacement has a strong rural dimension.

Africa's Female Entrepreneurs Part III: Devotha Ntuke Minzi, Improving Lives via Microfinancing

O'Brien Browne | Posted 06.02.2016 | Business
O'Brien Browne

In this interview, co-author Pamina Mullins and I speak to Devotha Ntuke Minzi, Chief Executive Officer and founder of K-finance Limited, a microfinan...

In Conversation With Photographer and Social Entrepreneur Marco Vernaschi

Adriana Teresa Letorney | Posted 06.10.2016 | Business
Adriana Teresa Letorney

Marco is the President and Founder of the BIOPHILIA Foundation, a grassroots, non-profit organization based in Argentina that contributes in shaping a sustainable model of rural development. I had the opportunity to interview Marco about BIOPHILIA, its mission and one photographers' legacy.

Ending Hunger, Global Challenge That Connects the UN & Expo 2015

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

We are less than 30 days away from the opening of the Universal Exhibition in Milan, an incredible opportunity for Italy, for world tourism, to learn about the global challenges of food security and healthy nutrition through worldwide best practices.

Rainwater Harvesting Pioneer Wins International Water Prize

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.20.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

By empowering poor farmers, reviving traditional knowledge and building small rainwater ponds, Indian activist Rajendra Singh has brought five rivers and a thousand villages back to life over the past 30 years. On August 26, Sweden's King Carl Gustav will present the highly reputed Stockholm Water Prize to the rainwater pioneer.

Why We Have to #Get2Equal

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Countries that have invested in girls' education and removed legal barriers that prevent women from achieving their potential are now seeing the benefits. But for countries to leave poverty behind, both men and women need to get to equal and push the frontiers of equal opportunities even further. To get there, we need to tackle three issues.

The Countryside Strikes Back

John Feffer | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
John Feffer

Gabor Harangozo is one of the new young leaders of the Hungarian Socialist Party. He started out, as many of his generation did, working with Fidesz, which in the early 1990 was a liberal youth party. Gradually, however, he grew disenchanted with market liberalism and moved toward social democracy.

Global Means Urban and Rural

Kanayo F. Nwanze | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Kanayo F. Nwanze

When President Obama and Pope Francis discuss how to help those who have thus far not benefited from global economic expansion, I hope they will first look at where those people are. The gap between rich and poor is primarily a gap between urban and rural.

Berkshire Grown: A Case Study of an Organization Vital in Creating a Local Food System in Western Massachusetts

Rafi Bildner | Posted 05.05.2014 | Green
Rafi Bildner

Before I started farming, I had little idea that non-profits like Berkshire Grown existed all over the nation, supporting small farms in ways that, unfortunately, state and federal governments are currently not set up to do.

Nuts About Oil: Rural Enterprise in Myanmar

Proximity Designs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Proximity Designs

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgU San Lwin has been milling peanut oil for 55 years, iterating everyday to ensure the best possible quality.

Turning on the Lights in Myanmar

Proximity Designs | Posted 12.21.2013 | Impact
Proximity Designs

Farmer U Shwe Tay had trouble sleeping at night. When the sun set and rural Myanmar (Burma) was plummeted into darkness, U Shwe Tay and his animals ha...

Making Sure Health Care Reaches Everyone, Everywhere

Riders for Health | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Riders for Health

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgThey saw piles of motorcycles, rusting behind health centres. These were the very vehicles that would be saving lives.

The Federal Government Didn't Lose the War on Poverty -- It Retreated

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

This historical amnesia is a dangerous mistake. It poisons our hearts with pessimism. It blinds us to the lessons and solutions we need. Most New Yorkers have no idea how prevalent poverty used to be -- or how their predecessors made it go away.

Food, Farmers and Markets: Towards Government Action for Smallholders in 2013

Professor Sir Gordon Conway | Posted 04.01.2013 | Impact
Professor Sir Gordon Conway

Could 2013 be the year that governments take decisive and inclusive action to tackle global hunger?

As Colombian Peace Negotiations Kick Off, Many Colombians Already Agree that Land Restitution Must Take Place

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 01.20.2013 | World
Lisa Haugaard

For Colombians brutally displaced during the war, there needs to be some justice and accountability for the violence that drove them from their homes. Without a degree of justice, there simply won't be the safety they need to return.

Series on Women Changing the World: Mercy Kiyapyap, Kenya

Elly Pradervand | Posted 01.13.2013 | Impact
Elly Pradervand

Joining the Cabesi Project from its beginning, Mercy Kiyapyap has been a resolute leader in carrying out innovative ideas to empower women and bring peace to her community.

One of the Dramatic Issues Not Being Discussed by the Presidential Candidates

Jeffrey P. Colin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey P. Colin

Hundreds of thousands of people live without power, safe water, or sanitation, as an ongoing reality. Unfortunately, no cries for immediate action arise.

The End of Cities: The Coming 'Great Rural Migration'

Stephen Estes | Posted 11.26.2012 | Los Angeles
Stephen Estes

If the benefits of living in a city are diminished because the Internet brings access to the world to you, then why deal with the high real estate prices, traffic, crime, pollution and difficulty of living alongside millions of other people?

Tom Zeller Jr.

Rural Minorities Struggling To Get Foothold On Economic Ladder | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

About 22 miles northeast of Laredo, Texas, in an otherwise desolate and unincorporated stretch of Webb County, a roughed-out grid of unnamed dirt road...

John Celock

After Economic Boom, What Will Be North Dakota's Next Move? | John Celock | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics

The federal government's rural development agency released a report Wednesday outlining a series of recommendations for North Dakota in the wake of th...

Help Me to Support Education and Orphan Care in Bihar, India

Jim Luce | Posted 03.19.2012 | Impact
Jim Luce

One of the highlights of my pilgrimage to India has been meeting Ranjan Kumar, founder and president of the Gyanjyoti Rural Development Welfare Trust.

Major Agency To Close Hundreds Of Offices In Cost Cutting Bid

Reuters | Posted 03.10.2012 | Business

* Closings will save $150 million a year * Half will be local county offices * Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee hit hardest ...

Plotting a Path to a More Peaceful World

Tim Hanstad | Posted 02.21.2012 | Impact
Tim Hanstad

Tis the season when hope for peace runs high. The season when I renew my commitment to creating a better world, based in large measure on the experiences of villagers across the globe, like the ones I met in Chillipoi.

Growing Tomorrow's Leaders, One Land Title at a Time

Tim Hanstad | Posted 02.08.2012 | Education
Tim Hanstad

It should be simple. A country ensures free education for all children, and everyone benefits. But we all know it's not that easy.

Movements Unite In Mali, Confronting Powerful Interests

Salena Tramel | Posted 01.21.2012 | World
Salena Tramel

Last week, peasants from across Africa and around the world worked together to envision communities where land is more than a commodity.