Global Poverty

Washington Wheat
10:17 am
Tue April 9, 2013

WSU to develop heat-resistant wheat

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An idea for helping Washington’s wheat farmers might also help fight poverty around the world.  It’s a new variety of wheat that could thrive despite global warming.

Washington State University will lead an effort to develop wheat varieties that are better at tolerating high temperatures.

The $16 million project is part of the U.S. government's global hunger and food security initiative called Feed the Future.

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Humanosphere
11:15 am
Thu February 10, 2011

World Vision under fire for Super Bowl “loser” clothing donations

Ever wonder what happens to all those Super Bowl “champions” shirts and hats that are printed up in advance, but for the losing team? 

Given this, World Vision for the past 15 years has been collecting this loser gear left over from the Super Bowl and distributing it to people in poor countries:

World Vision identifies countries and communities in need overseas who will benefit from the gear. This year’s unused Super Bowl merchandise will make its way to Zambia, Armenia, Nicaragua, and Romania in the months to come. On average, this equates to about 100 pallets annually — $2 million worth of product — or about 100,000 articles of clothing that, instead of being destroyed, will help children and adults in need.

So don’t be surprised if you see lots of folks in southern Africa, eastern Europe or Central America mistakenly believing the Pittsburgh Steelers won.

It may sound like a nice enough thing to do, but a lot of folks think it’s actually harmful and even immoral: donating clothing.

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News Roundup
6:34 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Tuesday morning's headlines

Melinda Gates will help lead a gathering of world finance experts in Seattle. The two-day Global Savings Forum brings together leaders from 38 nations.
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A surprise windstorm; world finance experts in Seattle, and grocery workers talk strike.

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