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In a Nation of Farmers, Much of the Agricultural Land in Zimbabwe Lies Fallow

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AgriculturePoliticsPower

Growers blame years of government corruption and inefficiency for lack of promised assistance. Now, the land meant to bring economic power to black farmers instead leaves them with empty pockets.

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Organic Fertilizers Help Farmers Meet DRC’s Growing Appetite

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AgricultureEarthEntrepreneurshipJobs

For a long time, agricultural researchers in Kisangani focused on the speed at which crops could reach maturity. Now, larger harvests are the priority. But not all farmers are ready to give up on chemical fertilizers.

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To End Reliance on Imports, Young Farmers Promote Local Agriculture

Region: Puerto Rico

Topics: AgricultureEntrepreneurshipEnvironmentJobsMoney

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico nearly three years ago – and highlighted its dependence on imported food. The spread of the new coronavirus could lead to similar food shortages. Green-thumb residents are trying to fix the imbalance by growing and marketing local produce.

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Sri Lankan Activists Encourage Reforestation By Throwing ‘Seed Balls’

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: AgricultureEarthEnvironment

After civil war devastated the country’s forests, Sri Lanka needs more trees. An informal group of activists is trying to encourage environmental awareness and make reforestation fun and easy with one simple method.

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In Mongolia, Yak Wool Is the New Cashmere

Region: Mongolia

Topics: AgricultureEconomyInnovationJobs

A local cooperative helps herders capitalize on a common Mongolian resource: yaks. Workers can spin their soft undercoats into wool as soft as cashmere – and consumers around the world are taking notice.

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Persistent Drought in Sri Lanka Forces Farmers to Rethink Methods

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: AgricultureClimateEarthJobsWater

In Sri Lanka, farmers who have worked the land for decades say they have never seen such little rain. Now, they’re scrambling for solutions to spare crops and ensure additional water supplies.

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Scarcity of Small Livestock Feed Sparked a Lively New Market for the Sale of Fodder in Kirumba

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AgricultureEarthEntrepreneurship

A booming population in Kirumba, DRC has made the preferred feed for small livestock very scarce. Farmers have come to rely on local entrepreneurs, who saw the need and now walk long distances to procure the coveted grasses to sell at market.

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Puerto Rico’s Fishers Fight to Preserve Their Trade

Region: Puerto Rico

Topics: AgricultureClimateEarthJobsWater

As water temperatures rise and fish species vanish, artisanal fishers risk losing a generations-old craft.

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Farmland in Nepal Lies Fallow as Youth Seek Opportunity Abroad

Region: Nepal

Topics: AgricultureJobsMigration

As Nepalese youth migrate to the capital or abroad in search of opportunity, the country’s small farmers are left without labor – and their fields often go to waste. Now, by requiring emigrants to find farmworkers before going abroad, a proposed law seeks to put farms first.

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Mexican Farmers Turn To Dragon Fruit As Drought Continues to Plague the South

Region: Mexico

Topics: AgricultureClimateEarthEconomyEnvironment

Regular droughts in Mexico’s southernmost state, Chiapas, make it hard for farmers to grow traditional staple crops. Many are turning to dragon fruit, which can adapt to the dry conditions, as a revenue alternative.

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