The Last Hunger Season

A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change

Author: Roger Thurow

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1610393422

Category: History

Page: 328

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At 4:00 am, Leonida Wanyama lit a lantern in her house made of sticks and mud. She was up long before the sun to begin her farm work, as usual. But this would be no ordinary day, this second Friday of the new year. This was the day Leonida and a group of smallholder farmers in western Kenya would begin their exodus, as she said, “from misery to Canaan,” the land of milk and honey.Africa’s smallholder farmers, most of whom are women, know misery. They toil in a time warp, living and working essentially as their forebears did a century ago. With tired seeds, meager soil nutrition, primitive storage facilities, wretched roads, and no capital or credit, they harvest less than one-quarter the yields of Western farmers. The romantic ideal of African farmers––rural villagers in touch with nature, tending bucolic fields––is in reality a horror scene of malnourished children, backbreaking manual work, and profound hopelessness. Growing food is their driving preoccupation, and still they don’t have enough to feed their families throughout the year. The wanjala––the annual hunger season that can stretch from one month to as many as eight or nine––abides.But in January 2011, Leonida and her neighbors came together and took the enormous risk of trying to change their lives. Award-winning author and world hunger activist Roger Thurow spent a year with four of them––Leonida Wanyama, Rasoa Wasike, Francis Mamati, and Zipporah Biketi––to intimately chronicle their efforts. In The Last Hunger Season, he illuminates the profound challenges these farmers and their families face, and follows them through the seasons to see whether, with a little bit of help from a new social enterprise organization called One Acre Fund, they might transcend lives of dire poverty and hunger.The daily dramas of the farmers’ lives unfold against the backdrop of a looming global challenge: to feed a growing population, world food production must nearly double by 2050. If these farmers succeed, so might we all.
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Economics of Agricultural Development

World Food Systems and Resource Use

Author: George W. Norton,Jeffrey Alwang,William A. Masters

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113512406X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 468

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Economics of Agricultural Development examines the causes, severity, and effects of poverty, population growth, and malnutrition in developing countries. It discusses potential solutions to these problems, progress made in many countries in recent years, and the implications of globalization for agriculture, poverty, and the environment. Topics covered in the book include: • Means for utilizing agricultural surpluses to further overall economic development • The sustainability of the natural resource environment • Gender issues in relation to agriculture and resource use • The contribution of agricultural technologies • The importance of agricultural and macroeconomic policies as related to development and trade, and the successes and failures of such policies • Actions to encourage more rapid agricultural and economic development The globalization of trade in goods, services, and capital has been fundamental to changes being experienced in the agricultural and rural sectors of developing countries. It has major implications for the fight against poverty and food insecurity and for environmental sustainability. Recently, agriculture has returned to a position of center stage in the development dialog as food price volatility has increased along with water scarcity, and concerns grow over the effects of climate change on food supply and food security. This new edition of the essential textbook in the field builds on the 2010 edition and reflects the following developments: • Growth in foreign demand for land and other natural resources • Significant progress in agricultural and economic development in some low-income countries while others are being left behind • Continued growth in demand for higher-valued farm products This book is essential reading for undergraduate students seeking to understand the economics of agricultural development and the world food system, including environmental and human consequences, international trade, and capital flows.
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Becoming Your Best

Bringing Your Best Self to Work

Author: Harry M. Kraemer

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118999428

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

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In his first book, From Values to Action, Harry Kraemer introduced the four principles of values-based leadership: self-reflection, balance, true self-confidence, and genuine humility. Now, in this highly-anticipated follow-up, Kraemer shows exactly how, in practical terms, to apply these principles in daily life. People at every level, with any job title, from the newest team members to the CEO, can and should become values-based leaders. Whether someone is the CEO of a company that employs 100,000 people or an entry-level person who just graduated from college, they can make a difference in their organizations, and beyond. Bringing Your Best Self to Work offers both explanations and concrete examples, drawing on Kraemer’s own experiences, interaction with leaders at every level, and notable leaders and organizations. This book lays out a pathway from understanding the four principles to putting them into practice by describing five key areas or dimensions that define what it means to be the “best.” They are: Best Self - You actualize who you are meant to become, with fuller self-knowledge of and a deeper understanding that in order to influence people, you need to relate to them first. Best Team - All team members understand and appreciate what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, and how that fits with and fulfills the goals and objectives of the organization. Best Partner - The organization, its vendors and suppliers forge a partnership in order to enhance the customer experience. Each party understands what the organization is trying to do and why, as it provides products and/or services. Best Investment - Everyone in the organization focuses on generating a return for the owners (whether stockholders, debt holders, a foundation, or other stakeholders) through positive and meaningful actions that support the mission, vision, and values of the organization. Best Citizen - From the C-suite to the most junior levels of the organization, everyone is focused not only on success, but also significance, through social responsibility and making a difference in the world, beyond the organization and its people. With powerful case studies of real leaders from organization such as Campbell’s Soup, Ernst & Young, Target, Northern Trust, and many others, readers will feel empowered to bring their “best selves” to work, and create the best teams, best partners, best investments, and best citizens. Bringing Your Best Self to Work is an essential guide for putting the principles of values-based leadership in action.
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Disequilibrium

A World Out Of Kilter

Author: Thierry Malleret

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 1623099854

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 50

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Disequilibrium" is an essay that connects the dots between various academic disciplines and does a great job at simplifying the increasing complexity of today's world. It contends that in the foreseeable future, our world will be lurching from one global crisis to the next as it becomes much more susceptible to shocks and surprises than just a few years ago. Consequently, we will all have the impression of being on the verge of constant instability, with random occurrences happening all the time. The book provides a conceptual framework that explains why this is so (looking in particular at how ever-increasing interdependency, complexity, velocity and transparency interact with each other, creating feedback loops in the process). It also analyses what this all means for decision-makers and argues that the complexity of the world is progressively overwhelming their capabilities (particularly in the case of politicians and bankers) to make sensible, well-informed decisions. The last chapter (largely based on interviews and conversations with key decision-makers and leading investors) provides some important insights and “tips” on how not only to cope with, but also benefit from these dramatic changes.
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Africa Renewal

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Africa

Page: N.A

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Congressional Record

Proceedings and Debates of the ... Congress

Author: United States. Congress

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: N.A

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The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. The Congressional Record began publication in 1873. Debates for sessions prior to 1873 are recorded in The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States (1789-1824), the Register of Debates in Congress (1824-1837), and the Congressional Globe (1833-1873)
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The Courier

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Developing countries

Page: N.A

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"European Community-African-Caribbean-Pacific" (varies).
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The Continent

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

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Page: N.A

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