An aerial photograph of Malawi, recently named one of the countries leading the charge on tackling hunger and undernourishment (photo via Wikimedia Commons)
Our earth gives us water, food, minerals – but how do we respect the earth and its resources while also striving for economic development and prosperity for all? Earth Matters strives to show these issues we all face, through the lens of Africa. Recently, stories of innovation and governmental commitment to answering these questions successfully have been front and center:
- Around the world, countries are constantly working to balance rising development and investment while also helping the hungry and undernourished. In a recently released report, several African countries were shown to be the most committed to helping their underserved populations.
- A program jointly-funded through Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Development Innovation Ventures (DIV), announced their grant recipients recently, funding promising development solutions that are efficient, ecological, and expedient for countries in Africa and elsewhere around the world.
- Land disputes are central issues regarding the earth – and who has the rights to that earth. Read about a fierce land battle in Tanzania, where the government is threatening to uproot the Maasai people from their grazing land due to pressures to increase wildlife hunting and tourist opportunities.
Masaai peoples gather in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania (photo via Wikimedia Commons)