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One Billion Trees Planted in Pakistan’s NW Province

Pakistan’s northwestern province, Khyber Pakhtunkhaw (KPK), has planted an unprecedented 1 billion trees in just more than two years and surpassed an international commitment of restoring 350,000 hectares of forests and degraded land. The massive effort aims to turn the tide on land degradation and loss in the mountainous, formerly forested KPK, which lies in […] Continue Reading

Strengthening rural institutions and empowering people to reduce poverty and inequalities

The majority of the world’s rural poor are family farmers, fishers, livestock and forest users who live in isolated areas and who depend on agriculture and natural resources for their livelihoods. Being both marginalized and geographically dispersed, the rural poor face major constraints in seizing social and economic opportunities to improve their lives and those of their families. This […] Continue Reading

We’ve Made Great Strides in the Fight Against Global Hunger. So Why Are Millions at Risk of Starvation?

More people around the world are escaping extreme poverty than ever before. In just 10 years, 167 million fewer people are undernourished. But we cannot let another day go by without acknowledging that millions more children, men and women are currently at risk of starvation, and this progress is in danger of being reversed. Knowledge is power, […] Continue Reading

New paper discusses women’s land rights as a pathway to poverty reduction

Land is an important asset for rural households, and having secure land rights is important for poverty reduction. Despite the large body of literature on the relationship between land tenure security, livelihoods, and poverty, most of this literature is based on household-level data and does not consider possible intrahousehold inequalities in land ownership. We know […] Continue Reading

‘Spongy’ Soil Can Help Farmers Combat Climate Change

Droughts are expected to worsen and intense storms to become more frequent across much of the country in coming decades as the planet warms, but their impact on agriculture could be blunted if American farmers focus on their roots. A new study, released Wednesday, examines the benefits of cover cropping—planting soil-enriching plants between crop cycles—and other […] Continue Reading