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Planting paddy saplings in Patiala, India. Three-quarters of Indian farmers are women, but most don’t own their land. Bharat Bhushan/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Women grow as much as 80% of India’s food – but its new farm laws overlook their struggles

Most Indian farmers are women. But few own their land, and gender inequality limits their access to markets. These issues won't be fixed by recent agricultural reforms; in fact, they may get worse.
One study found that 95% of baby foods tested contained at least one heavy metal. Plume Creative via Getty Images

How safe is your baby food?

Reports from baby food companies show questionable levels of arsenic, lead and other heavy metals. Here's what parents need to know.
Public participation has been found to increase voluntary cash contributions for the construction of schools in Ugandan sub-counties. Photo by: Wayne Hutchinson/Farm Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Does bottom-up monitoring improve public services? What we found in Uganda

Public participation increased the quality and quantity of some public services, though not in all sectors, and some services were affected more than others.
The Batwa community are believed to be one of the original inhabitants of the Equatorial Forest in the Great Lakes Region.

Uganda’s Batwa community are vulnerable to climate change, but aren’t involved in adaptation decisions

Despite being highly affected by a changing climate, Uganda's Batwa community lack voice, agency and influence in climate adaptation planning and actions.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Joe Biden, U.S. vice president at the time, walk down the Hall of Honour on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in December 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Patrick Doyle

What Biden’s presidency means for Canada-U.S. agri-food trade

Closer political ties between Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau likely means a more constructive and co-operative approach to solving challenges between the two countries in the agri-food sector.
Proponents of the new laws claim they will help India’s agricultural sector, but small, rural farmers fear losing their livelihoods. AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

India’s farmers are right to protest against agricultural reforms

New agriculture laws in India could adversely impact the lives of millions of small farmers who struggle with low wages. Farmers are right to protest against laws that jeopardize their livelihoods.
Young Kenyans typically see farming playing some role in their future, although few respondents want only to farm. Getty Images

How young Kenyans feel about farming goes against conventional wisdom

Young people typically see farming playing some role in their future as they prefer to remain in their rural homes, although few respondents want only to farm.

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