In Case You Missed It: This Week in Review

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In just over a month, the Women’s Congress for Future Generations will convene in Moab, Utah. From September 27 to 30, the Congress will engage in meaningful, productive conversations about the challenges facing current and future generations. The Congress is actively seeking women of all ages, cultures, colors, and backgrounds to attend. Click here to learn more and register.

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This week, we interview Patrick Odoyo, Program Coordinator at the Dago Dala Hera Orphanage of Kenya. Odoyo discusses what it is like to provide education, skills training, and room and board for children affected with HIV/AIDS, and the benefits of teaching sustainable farming to children. And in our innovation of the week post, we discuss Scale up Nutrition (SUN), a United Nations program working to meet the Millennium Development Goals concerning poverty and malnutrition. SUN helps various organizations coordinate efforts to combat malnutrition in women and children—particularly malnutrition in children under two years old—by helping to maximize efficiency.

Our Citywatch post examines the drought currently affecting the American Midwest, and how government departments could avoid future devastation caused by climatic variation. In the post, guest blogger Wayne Roberts writes, “It’s almost impossible to think of a crisis of the scope of this year’s worldwide drought, which arises from such predictable factors, yet has been subject to so little oversight or preparation by public authorities.”

We highlight First Peoples Worldwide, an Indigenous-led advocacy organization that recently surpassed the milestone of awarding US$1 million in grants to Indigenous communities. The grants awarded by FPW have funded innovative projects in countries like Botswana, Bolivia, Ghana, and Sri Lanka, and have focused on topics as diverse as land reclamation, water development, and traditional medicine. Click here to learn more about First Peoples Worldwide.

Further highlights from the past week:

Our five series post discusses five food guides that are combating malnourishment. Over 1 billion people are overweight worldwide, while nearly 1 billion are chronically undernourished. To tackle this issue, organizations and governments have used food pyramids and other guides to suggest better nutrition for the needs of their populations.

And our indigenous vegetable of the week was the aguaje fruit, a nutrient-rich, pulpy gem with the potential to gain as much popularity as the now familiar acai berry or guarana extract. Local people living within the Peruvian Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve have cultivated this fruit, and a variety of others, as part of their culture. At the local market in the city of Iquitos, this small, scaly fruit generates US$4.6 million every year.

We received some exciting news coverage this past week. Our op-ed on school meal programs and child nutrition was published in The Montreal Gazette and the Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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!

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