Author: Jennifer Philipp

RAYMOND, Maine — Kenya is one of the dominant coffee exporters in the world, officially exporting at least 95% of the coffee it produces annually. The coffee farmers in Kenya have found solid success, which will improve as hundreds of Kenyan coffee farmers now have direct access to the global coffee market. History of Coffee Farming and Poverty in Kenya Kenya’s coffee industry officially began operations in 1893, the year in which colonizers brought coffee to Kenya for the first time. Still, the first recorded instance of planted coffee in Kenya, which would later become an economic resource, falls sometime…

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Illinois — Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, a refugee crisis took hold in Europe. As of mid-September 2022, Europe has recorded more than 7 million displaced Ukrainian citizens, with the number steadily increasing, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR). As of September 13, 2022, the UNHCR has recorded more than 12 million border crossings from Ukraine since the start of the conflict. The escalation of the armed conflict in Ukraine calls for immediate and substantial support for Ukraine’s refugees and communities. Accordingly, PepsiCo, a U.S. multinational food, snack and beverage corporation, is…

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STEWARTSVILLE, New Jersey — With the COVID-19 pandemic causing profound economic turmoil across the globe, the current state of the world appears bleak. There are still approximately 685 million people living in poverty around the world, many of whom face threats of severe hunger, lack of nutrition, inadequate health care and inaccessible education. With all of these looming issues hanging over the heads of millions, through the 10th annual Global Citizen Festival, celebrities actively work with Global Citizen to bring about meaningful and impactful change. What is Global Citizen? Global Citizen is an international organization and worldwide movement dedicated to…

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CHICAGO, Illinois — From fruits and vegetables to meats and cheeses, most foods meet the desire to get a healthy amount of Vitamin A. But in sub-Saharan Africa, that desire has proven hard to fulfill. Being the most food insecure region in the world in 2017, regular access to necessary vitamins and minerals is already a problem for many. However, a number of cheap and well-known interventions could prevent deficiencies of Vitamin A in sub-Saharan Africa. Access to Vitamin A in Sub-Saharan Africa Vitamin A deficiencies in sub-Saharan Africa present a specific challenge due to the harm the condition does…

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HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or North Korea, is regarded as one of the most repressive nations the world over. The Kim family came to power in 1949 and has operated an authoritarian regime in North Korea since then. According to the U.N., human rights in North Korea have remained severely violated and the complete control the government has over its people never ceases to stop. In this sense, S.4216 (North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act of 2022) was introduced to boost human rights in North Korea, on the basis of the North…

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NORTH TUSTIN, California — Technology in Nigeria remains one of the most promising and innovative industries that improves people’s lives. At the beginning of 2022, technology startup companies in Nigeria received one-third of the money fundraised in the entire continent of Africa. Notable achievements in recent years include PiggyVest, co-founded by Odunayo Eweniyi. The technology company allows users to save or invest portions of their paychecks. Bosun Tijani established the Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB) in 2016, which is simply a space for Nigerians to experiment with technology together. He even began the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Cafe to inspire Nigerian…

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BOSTON, Massachusetts — Education in Tanzania was dismal. Most elementary-aged children were dropping out and teachers did not have books or desks for their students. In 2018, almost half of Tanzania’s population was living on less than $1.90 a day. Families under the international poverty line were consumed by trying to survive each day, leaving education to plummet on their list of priorities. Schools, children and their families in rural Tanzania had it even worse. That is, until Nancy Scull and Betsy McCombstook took a trip with their friends to the public school, Meali, in Tanzania’s Arusha Region in 2007.…

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MARIETTA, Georgia — Districts of Bangladesh and states in India are experiencing deadly South Asia floods that are the result of persisting heavy rainfall since 2020. The majority of these areas have been submerged by devastating floods. In response, an independent disaster prevention center in Singapore, called Mercy Relief, has sent out response teams to help people on the ground who have been directly affected. Damage Report After enduring heavy rainfall since mid-May 2020, “the north-eastern districts of Sylhet and Sunamaganj in Bangladesh and the state of Assan in India have been experiencing flash floods and landslides that have affected…

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NAPERVILLE, Illinois — Didier Drogba scored more Premier League goals than any African player before him, earned two Golden Boots and won four Premier League titles during his time with Chelsea F.C. In April 2022, Drogba entered the Premier League Hall of Fame as a “Chelsea legend.” While most football fans know him for his fierce style of play and winning offense at Stamford Bridge, Drogba’s charity and humanitarian work in his homeland, Ivory Coast, highlight the other side of the footballer. Drogba experienced poverty first-hand, growing up poor in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He bounced between living with his parents in…

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LOS ANGELES, California — Matinde, a young boy in Northern Tanzania, was born with the same disability as his father, Samson: bilateral clubfoot. Samson’s untreated clubfoot affected his life in several ways, including setting his whole family at an economic disadvantage as he, as the head of the family, had limited employment opportunities. Samson did not want Matinde to face the same struggles. Fortunately, Samson came to know about the work of MiracleFeet, which provided a “highly effective, non-invasive solution” for Matinde’s clubfoot, the MiracleFeet website says. Today, Matinde can grow up with the same economic opportunities as his non-disabled…

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