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Rural Communities

Fighting Child Hunger in Coos Bay, Oregon

Robyn Johnson | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Robyn Johnson

I've come to Coos Bay to ride-along on a rural summer meals distribution route with Coos Bay School District. The school district received a $5000 grant from Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon to expand access to summer meals.

Life-Changing Mini-Marts in Northern Kenya

Barry Segal | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

This is a guest post by Kathleen Colson, founder and CEO of The BOMA Project, a partner of Segal Family Foundation. On September 19, Ntiriswa Lesurku...

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.

It's Time to Reform Farm Support

OECD | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
OECD

Global food demand is rising so fast that farmers are beginning to have trouble keeping up. Projected world population growth, coupled with the new eating habits of a rising middle class, are likely to continue putting pressure on prices and boosting farm income levels for years to come.

5 Reasons You're Spoiled by Your Small Town Childhood

Nicole Patterson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Good News
Nicole Patterson

Being home always reminds me why I'm so spoiled to grow up in a small town. Now, before you freak out and get mad that I'm dissing small town life, it's not what you think it is. I promise.

Care Team Redesign: High Plains Community Health Center

Tom Strong | Posted 12.14.2013 | Impact
Tom Strong

How a rural clinic in Colorado might just be the model for health care reform In the early 2000s, High Plains Community Health Center in Lamar, Colo....

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.

Jungle Beat #1: Who We Are

Barbara Fahs | Posted 11.30.2013 | Hawaii
Barbara Fahs

How many others live in the jungles north, west and south of town? That's a matter of speculation because many of these souls want to remain anonymous.

It's Time to Reform Farm Support

Ken Ash | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ken Ash

'Business as usual' is not an option either if the global food and agriculture system is to meet the planet's food, feed and fuel needs amidst competing demands for water, land and biodiversity resources and the uncertain impacts of climate change.

Historic Demographic Change Revealed

AP | HOPE YEN and HANNAH DREIER | Posted 08.13.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON — Living in a rural Nevada town, Moe Royels recalls a more bustling time years ago when retirees poured in to enjoy the warm desert c...

Jason Linkins

Despite 'Buckwild's' Ignominious End, Reality Television May Not Be Done With Ridiculing Rural Americans

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.10.2013 | Entertainment

MTV's "Jersey Shore in Appalachia" reality series "Buckwild" had a very brief and very unhappy lifecycle. It launched amid censure from critics and la...

Jason Linkins

'Buckwild' Is What Happens When People Stop Being Polite And Start Producing Poverty Voyeurism

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.10.2013 | Politics

"Buckwild," the West Virginia-centered MTV reality show that's been compared to both "Jersey Shore" and "Jackass," is set for its second airing tonigh...

Series on Women Changing the World: Mercy Annapoorni, India

Elly Pradervand | Posted 02.22.2013 | Impact
Elly Pradervand

When we last spoke with our laureate, Mercy Annapoorni, she was busy empowering 6,000 rural women from the Virudhunagar and Sivakasi regions of Tamil ...

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?

Kadia, This Is for You...

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 05.08.2012 | World
Kumi Naidoo

We must accept that after decades of struggle led by the women movement, injustice perpetuated against women for no other reason than their gender remains.

A Decade Later "New Markets" Continues to Build Opportunity in an America Left Behind

Michael A. Siegel | Posted 07.18.2011 | Business
Michael A. Siegel

"New Markets" encourages private investments from corporations and individuals who might never consider buying into "high-risk areas." The cost to taxpayers have created nearly 500,000 jobs at a cost of less than $12,000 each.

Nothing to Quack About

Melinda Gates | Posted 06.20.2011 | Home
Melinda Gates

Private rural practitioners, or "quacks," deliver the vast majority of healthcare in many countries around the world. These providers are entrepreneurs who play an important role in the community.

DK Matai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
DK Matai

Editor's Note: This post has been removed from the Huffington Post....

Addressing All the Components of Local Food

Steph Larsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steph Larsen

I used to think there were four distinct pieces to a local food system -- production, processing, distribution, and retail. Now I realize there is a fifth -- community.

Advancing Modern Transportation Opportunities and Solutions for Rural Communities

Howard Learner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Learner

Rural transportation has traditionally meant cars and pickups, highways and Greyhound buses. While the intercity buses are fewer and farther between, however, that doesn't change people's needs to get from place to place.

The Rural Population is the Third Face of Honduras in this Crisis

Daniel Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Altschuler

The third, rural face of Honduras virtually never protests and maintains little contact with political institutions except when handouts arrive at peasants' doorsteps, sometimes in exchange for votes.

Obama Fulfilling Commitment to Rural America

Mark Shriver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Shriver

Just like Obama is looking for new industries, like green technology, to drive the economic recovery, innovative 21st century solutions can be the force behind revitalized rural education.

Will China Save the World from Depression?

Walden Bello | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Walden Bello

The heroic American middle class consumer -- weighed down by massive debt -- has ceased to be the key stimulus for global production, but don't expect Beijing to save the global economy any time soon.

Don't Forget Rural America

Rep. Mike Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Thompson

Rural communities are hit even harder by the tough economy, especially when it comes to jobs, yet we fail to invest equitably in their economic health.