Most farmers in the country do not have documented evidence to prove the land is theirs. But now, Farm Africa's Land Mapping Project has resolved several land-related disputes.
Yasmine Yehia Moustafa devised a system to produce clean water and biodiesel using rice straw. Her school is part of a new network aimed at giving students the skills they'll need to address the country’s 'grand challenges.'
Lisa Cherbuliez launched FUNdamentally Nuts after serving in the Peace Corps. A portion of its proceeds goes to people she knows in the village where she lived and worked.
Carole Hyatt founded the nonprofit Mission: Getting to Next after meeting a retired female general who was struggling to find employment. To not allow such women to use their skills ‘is a crime,’ she says.
Constance Caruso was already in her 80s when she decided to volunteer for Homeboy Industries, a gang rehabilitation program. She draws on challenges she’s had herself as she supports others.
Courtney Dunn is working to monitor the social vocal communications of tigers, which could aid in tracking the animals. Her work won an Oxford prize and is now the basis of a nonprofit.
India is among the biggest manufacturers of textiles and apparel in the world. The sector is dominated by small and medium-sized firms that are under enormous pressure to reduce costs and produce garments quickly.
With music, Timon Seibel gives the children a chance to express themselves and gain self-confidence. One heavy-metal band he manages recently won a grand prize in a contest.
Helvetas operates in 32 countries to address rural poverty, reaching some 3.6 million people last year. Its mission is personal to Rupa Mukerji, who works in the organization's Swiss hub.
A wood-saving ceramic stove that doubles as a chicken brooder is raising incomes and reducing deforestation.
As people have become interested in restoring vitality to rural areas, 'crop mobbing' has arisen as a way to build community. And the extra hands can be a boon to small farms during the busy seasons.
Alleycat Acres now has two gardens in parking strips – the area of land between a sidewalk and a street. Each of the organization's farms relies on a team of neighborhood volunteers to keep it running.
Lonnie Bunch shares his love of history as the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opens in Washington Sept. 24.
In Chile, the seaweed industry also provides a livelihood for 30,000 people. The country has 750 species of seaweed.
The musicians, who performed this week at one of India's top arts centers, use every platform they can to talk about their journey and have become an inspiration to local families.
As part of a project to rehabilitate part of a river near Drake, Colo., a crew of teens planted vegetation. The project overall aims to make the river and surrounding habitat better able to survive a future flood.
Yusef Wiley created the Timelist Group to help fill gaps in California’s rehabilitation offerings. It has shown success in keeping parolees from going back to prison.
In Greece’s Peloponnesus, Panagiotis Tsagouris has involved schoolchildren in his effort to preserve the Tsakonian language, considered the only descendant of Doric Greek.
Three friends formed the cooperative C.A.C.A.O. in their efforts to return to locally produced foods and to address problems such as food insecurity.
The move to make fire towers operational again stems from the high cost of using airplanes to monitor forests during the fire season. Towers were once considered the best line of defense against forest fires.