“Free the Seed” Gives Farming back to the Farmer

Three multinationals account for over half of global seed sales: Monsanto, DuPont, and Syngenta. A collective of specialists from the US has modeled a food initiative after the concept of open-source computer programming in an attempt to bypass these mega-corporations and increase access to high-grade seeds for poor farmers across the globe.

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Fishing for Change

Shipping containers are becoming important tools for development across the Global South. In some areas they have been converted into emergency shelters, and they are now being used to help combat low levels of fishing off the coast of Cape Town in South Africa. The Fish Farm, created by Alan Fleming, is the first fish farm in the world to …

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Investing in Fair Trade Cotton opens Markets for Ugandan Farmers

In recent years, there has been an increase in public-private partnerships in development, particularly in facilitating access to markets for subsistence farmers and business enterprises. Micro-finance initiatives often seek to inject cash into local economies by financing small businesses in developing countries. These ventures can be successful in gradually increasing market access for the rural poor. A step up from …

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More Crop per Drop: India’s Micro-Nutrient Solution

Rain-fed agriculture accounts for over 80% of the world’s farm area and generates about 60% of the world’s staple food supply. It also supports the livelihoods of about 80% of the world’s population. Related to this, 95% of the world’s poor live in the Global South and the bulk of those people rely on subsistence agriculture for survival. Climate change …

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Aqua-Agriculture: Sustainable Futures for Coastal Populations

For many people living throughout the Global South, the only way to earn an income is through traditional activities. Coastal communities often rely on fishing as one of the only sources of income, but when fish populations begin to dwindle, new sources of income are needed. People living in the town of Mandapam, on the Gulf of Mannar in the …

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Vertical Farming: Fighting Poverty and Food Insecurity in Kibera, Kenya

Urban migration has led to a rise of slum communities and food deserts across the world. A lack of access to arable land  and low incomes has led to increasing levels of food insecurity amongst people slum communities. This problem is particularly evident in Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya and the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa. In an attempt to …

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Contextualizing School Curricula to Daily Needs

  CARE Rwanda has been integrating new lessons into certain primary schools in rural areas of the country. The always innovative organization has partnered with 27 schools to add new modules into their curriculum that educate pupils on concepts of sustainable farming through the Farmers of the Future Initiative. Schools were given the equipment and assistance to start a garden. …

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