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Darou Abdulmalik is doing something remarkable with help from something remarkably simple. She is feeding her family of 11 in Sudan with the nutritious vegetables she grows at home in Kulbus, West Darfur—in a 6-foot diameter plot called a keyhole garden.
They are such simple things—variations on the type of small vegetable plots many of us have in our own backyards—yet keyhole gardens are having a profound effect on the lives of people in Lesotho, a small nation that's an "island" in the middle of South Africa.
Locavore: It's the term coined in the United States to describe folks who strive to eat only locally grown food.
Locavores carefully source their food—both to sustain their local agricultural community and to help cut down on the environmental effects of trucking food long...More
There is a song Mary Kamangeni hums as she places bundles of dried stalks on the land where she's planted corn. "My life is like the water in the stream." she sings softly in Chichewa, the language of Malawi. "It flows in one direction."
In Antanimora, Madagascar, you can tell the time of day by listening.
At 7 a.m., the cicadas screech. At 9, the cows begin to moo. At noon, dogs irritated by the heat bark angrily. By dusk, the wind howls as it whips past cacti and dried soil. In Robin Rasamimanana's fields, dawn breaks...More
Care of the smallest children in East Timor often falls to mothers. They wipe runny noses and labor over cooked-from-scratch meals, and meet the youngest children's needs while attending to demands from older siblings. Fathers also provide some of this direct care, but it's a rare enough...More
In the hillside village of Masoalikuka in Malawi, Mary Biliati spends several days a week helping her neighbors overcome a common dilemma: How can we get our kids to eat their pumpkin leaves?
Pumpkin leaves are an excellent source of iron, protein, calcium and vitamins A and C. The trick...More