In a hip Guatemala City restaurant, baristas created “Super Nutritious” drinks like the Sangre de Vampiro, a mixture of pineapple, celery, beets, lemon, orange juice and organic honey. Elsewhere in the restaurant, the subject of malnutrition
was on the table.
At St. Mary’s secondary school for girls in Aboke, Uganda, lessons literally grow on the trees.
One of poverty’s cruelest ironies is that in many countries across the world, the hungriest people are smallholder farmers.
In this tiny village in northern Uganda, Esther Okwir heard something she could barely believe: Her child could be the country’s president one day.
Norman Borlaug now stands in Statuary Hall at the US Capitol, a man still at work. He stands in a stylized field of wheat, hat on his head, sleeves rolled up, notebook in his hand, a researcher for the ages.
Every mother has a story about the beginnings of her child’s life. Many of them are joyful, some are heartbreaking, but all of them are important. And almost all of them will have at least one thing in common: the desire to give their child the absolute best start to life.
A goat? Diego Sarat scratched his head. What’s a goat?
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For smallholder farms—usually those supporting a single family—expenses come early in the season before the planting while income arrives only several months later with the harvest. How, then, can these farmers access the cash they need to plant their crops and, more importantly, to survive between harvests?
The dreams of new mothers are similar all around the world. Some of the details may vary at the edges, but at the center is a good education.
Although they have been largely neglected during the past several decades, Africa’s smallholder farmers hold the potential not only to transform their own lives, but also the world food supply.
To the unassuming observer, the Guatemalan Quiché highlands are a breathtaking sight of lush, rolling hills and quaint mountaintop villages.
“When farmers like me put on more effort and work hard, keep our minds on farming,” Rasoa says, “I think Africa will have enough food and it can come up with assisting other countries.”