The country's Bolsa Familia program – which pays poor mothers to keep their children in school and follow healthcare rules – is reducing poverty.
In the south, the parliament voted to double its budget to cover military spending, and the north spent 20 percent of its budget on the military.
It is bringing the technologies of tropical farming to other parts of Latin America, and to Africa and Asia.
The country's first dairy cooperative has helped farmers more than double their incomes.
An elite government agency is nabbing offenders in one of the world's most corrupt countries.
Leaders from Southern Africa began emergency talks in Swaziland on Monday.
European leaders call for a new Bretton Woods-type agreement as they meet in Brussels.