Stories: Agriculture

  • Glowing Greens

    By most accounts, the former Soviet nuclear test site of Semipalatinsk is unfit for life. Across roughly 7,000 square miles of barren Kazakhstan steppe, there are hardly any people. Even animals and birds, it seems, intuitively know they should stay away. Decades-old craters pockmark the earth, remnants of the more than 450 nuclear explosions that took place here between 1949 and 1989. Broken vodka...

  • Growing Haiti – Piti, Piti, Wazo Fe Nich Li.

    Growing Haiti is a South-South collaboration which focuses on strengthening Haitian women and families via sustainable micro gardening initiatives. With the support of friends and family, Mark Jacobs, a Guyanese farmer, writer, and educator, has been working with Haitian people on growing vegetables and other sustainable agriculture related initiatives. One focus is income generation from selling excess produce. The...

  • Hungry for Change

    The Last Hunger Season by Roger Thurow is the story of a group of Kenyan farmers working to transcend lives of dire poverty and hunger. It highlights the challenges, and necessity, of transforming African agriculture. Much of Africa’s agricultural technology has lagged behind that of the rest of the world, but with the right seeds, fertilizer, and...