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Judging the beans in the Guatemalan heights

By Alexandra Popescu |CCAFS |February 13, 2018 | Stepping up participatory practices in the Climate-Smart Village of Olopa. The narrow path to the fields doesn’t cut us any slack. It goes up and up, treacherous at times as last night’s rain bit into the ground. We pass the coffee bushes bursting with red; sitting on …

Women are the foundation for change in rural Ethiopia

By Mulunesh Tsegaye | January 9, 2018 | CIMMYT Feature The idea that “Educating women/girls is nothing but a loss,” used to be a common sentiment amongst members of rural Ethiopian communities where the Nutritious Maize for Ethiopia (NuME) project works. Now one is more likely to hear “Women are the foundation for change.” The International Maize and Wheat Improvement …

‘Bad-ass business women’ bring solar empowerment to Nepal

By Lucy EJ Woods | Published on 15/06/2017 | 4:57 PM | NGO that helps women overcome cultural taboos and start their own clean energy businesses to be awarded prize in London ceremony “People talk here when a woman talks to men. They say things like how a woman should not leave the house,” says Runa Jha, a solar …

The Humble Banana Transforms an Entire Community in Eastern Zimbabwe

By Doreen Hove, Adam Silagyi, Emma Siamena | USAID – Zimbabwe | Dec. 18 2017 Once these farmers learned to turn their banana crops into commercial enterprises, word spread to their neighbours — and so did the economic benefits.   It is early morning in Murara, a small rural community in the Honde Valley. Many farmers are …

Seeds of Hope

By Neha Khator | USAID| January 8, 2018 Improved seeds and better access to water have proved a winning combination for these Indian farmers. Three spokes in his back wheel have almost come off, but farmer Kunwar Munda adjusts his feet and continues to cycle. Even as the breeze rushes through his hair, it is never enough …

Be Inspired: 10 of USAID’s Best

Here’s how our actions, ideas, and passions helped empower people and expand opportunity around the globe this year From responding to Hurricane Maria to announcing a unique way to fund our efforts to reduce maternal and newborn deaths, USAID has been busy in 2017 ensuring our assistance to developing countries will have the greatest impact possible. …

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