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Commentary- Is Feed the Future delivering results? Yes – with some limitations.

Robai Nyongesa, a smallholder farmer in western Kenya, used to struggle to grow enough maize to feed her family. Last year, she was able to harvest 20 bags of maize from 1 acre of land, a fivefold increase over her previous poor harvests. Her large harvest enabled her to feed her three children, and to hire a tutor to give her children private lessons at home.



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| By Richard C. Longworth

Marriage, Fire and Errant Pols

The Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, giving new energy to the drive for same-sex marriage and guaranteeing that more states will legalize these marriages. This trend has economic as well as legal and romantic overtones, and the Midwest should pay attention.






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Photo of the Week

Farmers of the Faulu group in Bungoma South, Kenya, stand proudly in front of Beatrice Masila’s sorghum that has now grown taller than they are!


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| By Richard C. Longworth

It's Vacation Time

No new postings for the next couple of weeks. The Midwesterner is taking a summer vacation -- in the Midwest, naturally. See you in mid-July.


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| By Dina Smeltz

Climate Control

"We don’t have time for a meeting of the flat-earth society.” - President Obama on climate change deniers