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Farming in Africa: Time to Debunk Some Myths

New technologies and ideas – from mobile phone information systems to new crop varieties – are rapidly transforming agriculture across Africa. Yet the sector continues to be stereotyped as one synonymous with poverty and subsistence.

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What Happened at the “Reinvent the Toilet Fair: India” and What’s Next?

We saw a tremendous amount of progress at the 2014 “Reinvent the Toilet Fair: India” we held in New Delhi last month. Just 18 months after the first fair, our partners came to New Delhi with early versions of toilets that look like real commercial products. It was amazing to see so many ideas and technologies integrated into devices that can safely collect and processes human waste.

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Listen to the Talking Baby: Breastfeeding is a Smart Idea

As children fare, so do nations. An investment in the well-being, health, and development of children today will be reflected in the health and development of their communities and nations. A smart investment in the future saves lives, saves money, and can be scaled up to reach children, wherever they are.

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MUSIC VIDEO: African Celebrities Sing In Support of Farmers

When you think agriculture in Africa, “star-studded” probably isn’t the first adjective that springs to mind. So you can imagine my surprise when I arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in January for the African Union Summit’s launch of the Year of Agriculture and Food Security and discovered that the program included names like Nigerian hip hop artist D’banj and footballer Yaya Touré

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Women Helping Women in Johannesburg's Townships

Jabulile Tlhabane is a longtime member of Rebecca’s Well, a small nonprofit that provides help and healing for women and girls in need as well as microfinance and enterprising skills. I met with Tlhabane to learn more about their work.

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Shining the Spotlight on Seasonal Hunger

In addressing poverty and chronic hunger, we must not forget methods to tackle the issue of seasonal hunger, such as supporting vulnerable families to grow subsistence as wellas cash crops.

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