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    Social Farming: Transcending International Borders

      In rural areas of many developing countries, seniors and people with disabilities are often some of the most marginalized groups. The World Bank estimates that 20% of the world’s poorest people have a disability and are also regarded as the most disadvantaged people in their communities. Due to traditional prejudices and a lack of understanding, they often experience insufficient to …

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A Box of Inspiration and Ideas

A Box of Inspiration and Ideas

November 20th, 2014

. By Rachel Pott

Sector: Education,Livelihoods

Should humanitarian assistance consider only an individual’s physical needs? What becomes of refugees who have lost everything, if “once their lives are saved and food and shelter found, [they] are without activity, unable to read, write or communicate?” For Libraries Without Borders and the eight Nobel Laureates and hundreds of internationally acclaimed writers and academics who signed their ‘Urgency of... (more)

Tags: humanitarian assistance,Idea Box,Learning,media,refugee,refugee camp

Meet the Peepoople

Meet the Peepoople

November 19th, 2014

. By Meredith Greey

Sector: Health,Inventions,Water & Sanitation

  Peepoople have developed an innovative sanitation solution that is upcycling poo into safe, incredibly rich fertilizer. Improper disposal of human waste is a major contributor to the transmission of many infectious diseases, included cholera, typhoid, infectious hepatitis and polio. According to WHO, over 1.5 million children die annually from diarrhoeal diseases that result from improper excreta management, making it the second... (more)

Tags: Africa,Diarrhea,Disease,Kenya,sanitation,Waste,WHO

“Let Them Eat Bugs!”

“Let Them Eat Bugs!”

November 18th, 2014

. By Elizabeth DiCesare

Sector: Agriculture

  With a projected global population nearing 9 billion in coming years, researchers have been looking for new and innovative sustainable food resources. Food insecurity is already an issue in some countries across the Global South, and without new sources of nutrition, the issue has the potential to escalate. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Association estimates that “global food production will... (more)

Tags: edible insects,entomophagy,FAO,insect,population,UN

Daily Special at Vietnam’s Koto Restaurants: Hope for Street Kids

Daily Special at Vietnam’s Koto Restaurants: Hope for Street Kids

November 17th, 2014

. By Maureen Littlejohn

Sector: Livelihoods

  Tucked behind Hanoi’s ancient Temple of Literature, a top draw for tourists, KOTO Restaurant offers respite for sore feet and grumbling tummies. The menu of Asian-meets-Euro dishes includes nem (spring rolls), beef baked in bamboo, delicious salads, sandwiches and baked goods. It's welcome fare for visitors and is spiked with a secret ingredient: Hope. KOTO is a wildly successful training restaurant... (more)

Tags: disadvantaged,Hanoi,hospitality,restaurant,restaurants,Skills,South East Asia,Training,Vietnam,Youth

Mud Silos Protect Harvests in Ghana

Mud Silos Protect Harvests in Ghana

November 15th, 2014

. By Valerie Busch

Sector: Agriculture

  In Ghana, agriculture accounts for approximately 50% of the labour force. The majority of workers are smallholder farmers, and about 90% of farms in Ghana are less than two hectares in size. Rural families depend on their harvests to both feed themselves and to sell in the market to make an income. However, farmers often lack the infrastructure and the... (more)

Tags: Africa,farming,Ghana,grain,harvest,infrastructure,mud,silo,storage

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