In Case You Missed it: This Week in Review

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This week, we highlighted a new reality TV show that is working with local communities in Kenya, Haiti, and Guatemala to develop efficient cooking stoves that require less wood and emit less smoke. We interviewed Dr. Luchetu Likaka, founder of the Centre for Ageing and Rural Development (CARD) in Kenya, who discussed the need for better elderly care in many developing countries, including Kenya. And in this guest post, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture’s Regional Corporate Communications Officer, Catherine Njuguna discussed how farmers in eastern and southern Africa are using a new technique to protect their banana plants from pests and diseases.

Photo credit: Bernard Pollack

We received some exciting press coverage this past week. Our op-ed on urban agriculture was published in the Albuquerque Journal.  And our research on the billions who are hungry, illiterate, and malnourished was featured in Voice of America.

Highlights from this past week:

As we head in to the new year, many of us will be resolving to lose those few extra pounds, save more money, or spend a few more hours with our families and friends. But there are also some resolutions we can make to make our lives a little greener. Each of us can make a commitment to reducing our environmental impacts and here are 12 simple steps that you can take to make that a reality.

Although women comprise 43 percent of the agricultural labor force in developing countries, they typically aren’t able to own land. Cultural barriers also limit women’s ability to obtain credit and insurance. According to the World Food Programme, allowing women farmers access to more resources could reduce the number of hungry people in the world by 100-150 million people. Here are five innovations that are working to empower women around the world by improving their access to credit, education, and land.

And our innovation of the week examined the Professional Food Fellows in Food Security, an exchange program that brings together young leaders from the United States and Africa, who are working to alleviate hunger in their own communities. Supported by the BOLD Leaders, a Denver-based organization, these farmers are involved in a wide range of agricultural projects, including expanding extension services, improving nutrition, and raising livestock and poultry in urban areas.

Now it’s your turn: What were your favorite posts from the week? What do you hope we’ll write about next week? Let us know in the comments!

To purchase State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet please click HERE. And to watch the one minute book trailer, click HERE.

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