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NationSwell

Chris Peak

24 September 2015

Salina, Kansas, United States

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University research in Kansas and California is providing technical solutions for small farmers to help them compete against large scale farms.

The Atlantic

Jillian Kumagai

5 September 2015

Tanzania

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Not all reality shows focus on the lives of the rich and famous. Female Food Heroes, is a Tanzanian reality show in which female farmers compete against each other for a grand prize. Ultimately, it’s not just about th...

KQED

Dan Charles

19 August 2015

California, United States

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Farmers in California increasingly face water shortages. To help solve the problem, some are looking to Australia, where a national water market has provided an economic solution. By buying and selling water rights, f...

NPR

Zoe Sullivan

19 August 2015

Athens, Wisconsin, United States

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Small farmers have been struggling for years with low commodity prices and rising production costs. But throughout the Midwest, a new farm-to-table strategy is giving a boost to some farmers.

Ensia

Matt Weiser

3 August 2015

Bushland, Texas, United States

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The U.S. government has developed different sensors for irrigation devices that gauge water demand and help conserve use. as water shortages caused by drought have increased across the globe, and farmers are faced wit...

The Huffington Post

Eleanor Goldberg

30 July 2015

Shinyanga, Tanzania

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Many unskilled workers in Tanzania are women and, due to gender inequality, they are often disregarded and live with economic hardship. Oxfam Tanzania has a reality show that raises awareness of women farmers. The win...

Digital Trends

Andy Boxall

11 July 2015

London, United Kingdom

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More than 30-meters below the busy London streets, there is an eco-farm called Growing Underground that's part innovative agri-tech project and part sci-fi inspired netherworld. Created to provide increased food secur...

Al Jazeera

Molly McCluskey

20 June 2015

Sacramento, California, United States

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The United States is facing a looming shortage in agricultural workers, as the vast majority of farmers are aged 65 or older and fewer young folks are taking up the trade. The International Rescue Committee has a win-...

NPR

Amy Yee

4 June 2015

Bangladesh

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Soil in Bangladesh is becoming increasingly saline and infertile due to climate change. Bangladeshi farmers have begun using a saline-tolerant rice seed in order to produce an abundant crop despite salty soil.

Al Jazeera

Rachel Mealey

25 May 2015

Fukushima, Tōhoku, Japan

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At the Fujitsu factory in Japan, a significant decline in demand for semiconductor computer chips meant the company had large empty factory space sitting unused. A new business approach allowed them to dually address ...

Al Jazeera

Juliana Schatz

25 May 2015

Huamantanga, Lima Metropolitan Area, Peru

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Climate change has led to shorter, more violent rainy seasons in the highlands around Lima, Peru, meaning that - even though there is theoretically enough water during the rainy season to sustain the local population,...

Al Jazeera

Russell Beard

Ndoni Khanyile

13 May 2015

Yangon, Yangon Region, Myanmar

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The effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels and hotter global temperatures, are already having drastic impact on many communities, especially the rural, agricultural regions of countries such as Myanmar (...

Voice of America (VOA)

Amy Yee

6 February 2015

Khulna, Bangladesh

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Vertical container farming offers an innovative adaptation to climate change and soil salinity. In Bangladesh, the nonprofit, WorldFish Center, promotes the practice of vertical farming, providing education and resour...

Minnesota Public Radio

Elizabeth Dunbar

4 February 2015

Minnesota, United States

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Confronting more frequent heavy rains, the state's farmers have extended farmland drainage. Higher crop yields is one result. Another: More dirty water is flowing downstream.

The News & Observer

J. Andrew Curliss

10 December 2014

La Grange, North Carolina, United States

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A farm in North Carolina discovered a new market and revived their business. By focusing on the genetics of their hogs and altering the hogs' diet the farm was able to enter the competitive but lucrative Japanese pork...

Voice of America (VOA)

Amy Yee

21 November 2014

Bangladesh

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During rain seasons in Bangladesh, rivers flooded villages and their agriculture so that local economies and food supplies were in jeopardy. A Bangladeshi non-profit Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha introduced small float...

Future Food

Lisa Palmer

18 November 2014

Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

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In Colombia, traditional cattle pastures have caused soil degradation, deforestation, and desertification. To reconcile this, several thousand acres of land in Latin America have been transformed into a silvo-pastoral...

El Paso Times

Marty Schladen

17 November 2014

Kilmore, Victoria, Australia

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In Australia, the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council was formed after a severe drought to bring together federal, state and regional governments and bridge parochial concerns. It was meant to manage the basin as...

The New York Times

Sarika Bansal

27 November 2013

Tanzania

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In Tanzania, a country that has yet to fully embrace mobile phones and whose road infrastructure remains weak, farmers have embraced radio as a means of receiving pricing and planting information. The reach and relati...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

21 November 2012

Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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In many parts of the world, not owning one's own land is more directly correlated to poverty than other factors such as illiteracy, but land reform is controversial, difficult, and expensive. A new program called Land...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Jacob Kushner

28 June 2012

Haiti

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An essential roadway in Haiti is being rebuilt in the kind of aid Haitians say is vital to economic recovery after the catastrophic earthquake of 2010. National Route 7 is an important highway for farmers and other me...

The Guardian

Cathy Watson

11 June 2012

Kaffrine, Senegal

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Allowing trees and crops to coexist boosts the resiliency of agricultural land. In Senegal, farmers engaged in Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) prune coppiced trees to help the stumps regrow. The practice is...

The New York Times

Daniel Bergner

6 April 2012

Kasese, Western Region, Uganda

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African coffee growers sell their raw beans cheaply to traders, earning very little for their work. The creator of Good African Coffee in Uganda was able to sell the first African roasted coffee internationally by sel...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

16 November 2011

Sharbaga, Punjab, Pakistan

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Thanks to a partnership between the United Nations Development Program and the government of Punjab, the state is seeing a reduction in poverty and a regeneration of agriculture. Since implementation, farmers incomes ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

9 May 2011

Nanyuki, Laikipia, Kenya

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Most insurance companies avoid insuring poor farmers because the transaction costs are too high, but a non-profit in Kenya created a sustainable way to cover them.

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