Archive for the ‘poverty’ Category

A typical meal in the Democratic Republic of Congo consists of greens, fufu - a starchy ball made from cassava flour - and meat, such as freshwater fish.

Some African countries have long witnessed mysterious outbreaks of paralysis. Affected regions are poor and conflict-ridden, where people’s main food is a bitter, poisonous variety of cassava.

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China says it has lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty. But who’s doing the lifting? And why use the term ‘lifting’ in the first place?

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Congressman Danny Davis is a Democrat representing Illinois’s 7th District, which includes some Chicago neighborhoods hardest hit by gun violence. His own grandson was shot and killed last November.

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We look at the remarkable findings from a new study of Kenya’s M-PESA system, out in ‘Science.’

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The high cost of child care is a strain for many families in the U.S., yet child care workers average less than $10 an hour. This strain on workers hurts babies and toddlers, too, researchers say.

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Scott Paul and Gerald Taylor of the Alliance for American Manufacturing discuss a report on how manufacturing decline in the U.S. has left many African-American communities spiraling toward poverty.

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The vision: Microloans will let women start their own businesses. What do the studies show?

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