Argentina’s youth-unemployment rate is above average for the region, and many students graduate only to find a market unsuited to their skills and qualifications. But some young Argentines are taking matters into their own hands: When they can’t find a job, they create one.
Facing an acute housing shortage and the plummeting value of the Argentine peso, Argentina’s housing authority is touting a construction solution that would be both cheap and fast. But for the country’s construction industry, this solution may turn out to be a problem.
In Argentina’s capital city, recyclers collect and resell hundreds of tons of materials every day. Jacquelina Flores has become a leading advocate for recyclers, including women who have moved into new roles as “environmental promoters,” teaching city residents how to recycle and promoting recycling.
Lawmakers in Argentina are considering a change to the country’s seed law that would require farmers to pay seed companies for not only the initial seeds but also the seeds harvested and used to grow a second generation of crops. The proposal is the latest in a simmering dispute between seed companies like Monsanto and Argentine farmers, and activists, farmers and seed companies are considering its potential consequences.
Getting a prosthesis through Argentina’s health system takes time and considerable effort. Low-cost prosthesis workshops are filling the gap by using creative substitutions to perform the same functions at far less cost.
Many of the 5 million people who live along the Matanza-Riachuelo river basin in Buenos Aires have reported health problems that experts have linked to pollution in the river. Residents are frustrated by lack of government action, which now plans to suspend, or even halt, operations of mobile health units that provide free medical care to people in that area.
Inflation has been a scourge in Argentina for decades, and residents have developed ways of coping that include investing in dollars and shopping at wholesale markets. This month’s presidential election, however, presents the hope for a solution at the policy level. Many Argentines remain skeptical, though, that anyone has an answer to the problem.
Many Argentine scientists fled the nation during the Dirty War of the ’70s and ’80s and subsequent economic turbulence, seeking academic and professional opportunities abroad. Investing in homegrown science, the Argentine government is helping expatriate scientists return by facilitating employment and resettlement. Although the upcoming election casts some doubt on the future of scientific opportunity in Argentina, the government estimates that 130 to 150 researchers will return this year.