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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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Free Education in DRC Has Unintended Consequences for Teachers

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: DevelopmentEducationJobsMoneyPolicy

Even though the DRC Constitution has long guaranteed free, compulsory public education, parents have been paying into public-school teacher salaries for years – and students faced expulsion for nonpayment. This year, the government finally made good on its promise, but public schools are struggling to meet the sudden demand.

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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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To Fight Mongolia’s Drinking Crisis, Recovering Alcoholics Offer a Lifeline

Region: Mongolia

Topics: DevelopmentEconomyJobs

Mongolia has one of the world’s highest alcoholism rates. At least one province recently banned the sale and service of alcohol to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. But increasing community initiatives are creating longer-term solutions through employment and support to people trying to get sober.

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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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Uganda’s Construction Boom has a Brutal Cost for Workers

Region: Uganda

Topics: DevelopmentHealthJobsPower

Worker deaths and injuries are increasing as Uganda’s major cities try to meet the demands of a growing population. Low-paid “helpers” — who often work without contracts or insurance — bear the brunt of the consequences.

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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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Pirated Movies Bring Ugandan Actors Fame But Not Fortune

Region: Uganda

Topics: DevelopmentJobsLegal RightsMoney

In Uganda, actors have fame but take on second jobs to make a living, as pirated movies eat into industry profits. Critics say these pirates are stealing more than just movies: They’re robbing the industry of a future.

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Zimbabweans Find Risk and Reward in Illegal Fishing

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: EarthEconomyJobs

Zimbabwe’s growing number of unlicensed fishermen face extreme risks, from hippos to the authorities. But as the country dips further into economic crisis, many see no other choice.

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Sri Lankan Refugees Blame Bureaucracy for Unemployment

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: Human MigrationJobsMigration

Ten years after the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, many people who fled to India are now coming back. Despite completing their education abroad, jobs, especially government jobs, are out of reach.

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