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2013-06-06 11:27:49

Sub-Saharan Africa has foreign investors flocking to buy its fertile land. Sometimes referred to as "land grabbing," the large-scale buying or leasing of large tracts of land in developing countries shifts indigenous, or customary, land rights from chiefs and local communities to investors or national governments, often stripping native people of a source of income. Looking at 34 case studies examining the policy and practice of land acquisition and investment in Ghana, Mozambique,...

2013-06-05 20:20:37

ST. PAUL, Minn., June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The CHS Foundation has awarded 75 $1,000 scholarships to college students studying agriculture. This year's recipients include 50 high school seniors and 25 two-year college students from 28 states. The CHS Foundation is the major giving entity of CHS Inc., the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company. "The CHS Foundation values the opportunity to help build the next generation of leaders in...

2013-05-29 23:22:10

Zainab Salbi (Women for Women International), Betty Mwangi-Thuo (Safaricom), and 26 other highly respected, experienced specialists from 11 countries around the world will use their expertise and networks to contribute to the success of the 2013 Microcredit Summit: Partnerships against Poverty, a microfinance conference in Manila, Philippines, this October 9-11, 2013. Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) May 29, 2013 The Microcredit Summit Campaign today announced the composition of the Advisory...

2013-05-28 23:19:27

University faculty and local educators translate the latest research into best practices that are benefiting communities nationwide, say experts with the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA). Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) May 28, 2013 The U.S. Cooperative Extension Program is approaching its 100-year anniversary — an important milestone for an organization that has helped to transform American agriculture since its founding in May 1914. Through the years, extension agents have taught...

2013-05-28 12:28:17

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tomatoes, potatoes, squash and strawberries are a few products, of so many, brought fresh to local markets by farmers who represent the true heritage of America. Yet, the fresh delicious bounty found at farmers markets each week might be at the greatest risk of being lost as farmland is consumed by sprawl and development. I Love My Farmers Market Celebration marks the fifth year American Farmland Trust has hosted a summer-long event to...

2013-05-27 23:03:29

In response to an article published by Eat Local Grown, which discusses the 10 reasons to bring kids to the farmers market, Colle Farmers Market affirms the importance of teaching your children about healthy organic food, sustainable living and community. Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) May 27, 2013 On May 27, Colle Farmers Market issues a statement in response to an article on Eat Local Grown, which lists ten reasons why farmers markets are beneficial for children. According to the article published...

2013-05-14 12:23:48

Consumers Energy Foundation supports first non-profit food hub in mid-Michigan LANSING, Mich., May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy Foundation has awarded Allen Neighborhood Center $15,000 in support of its emerging Allen Market Place. When it opens this summer, the Allen Market Place will be the first non-profit food hub in mid-Michigan, helping to connect regional farmers and food producers with retail merchants, restaurants, schools and others interested in 'buying...

2013-05-13 23:23:45

Following an article published by Fresh Plaza regarding the increase in sales of organic farming products in the United Arab Emirates, Colle Farmers Market says pushing for more organic food could help the environment and improve health. Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) May 13, 2013 On May 13, Colle Farmers Market responds to an article published by Fresh Plaza, which discusses the increase in sales of organic food in supermarkets in the United Arab Emirates. According to the article published by Fresh...

2013-05-09 23:29:07

New research from Charleston|Orwig indicates definitions of “local” vary by age, can include national brands. Hartland, WI (PRWEB) May 09, 2013 New research confirms that interest in locally sourced foods is taking hold among consumers who equate “local” with “fresh” and “healthier” and who want to support their local economy. Yet definitions of “local” vary widely by age group and were found to encompass national brands, according...

2013-05-09 23:24:48

Nineteen of the top 20 highest maternal mortality rates by country are in Sub-Saharan Africa. BRAC is adapting its proven maternal healthcare model to countries in the region. New York, NY (PRWEB) May 09, 2013 For the occasion of Mother's Day this year, BRAC USA has launched "No Mother Stands Alone," a campaign to reduce maternal mortality through grassroots mobilization and entrepreneurship in countries most in need of better maternal health. The campaign invites all those who believe in...