Author: The Borgen Project

MICHOACÁN, Mexico — Mexico tops the list of Latin American countries that export avocado internationally. No country in the world consumes more Mexican avocado than the United States, which commands 75% of Mexico’s fresh avocado export. The industry is so lucrative that Mexican avocado farmers affectionately call their livelihood oro verde or ”green gold.” However, sustainable avocado farming in Mexico remains an elusive goal. It can have dark undertones, including deforestation, water scarcity and even violence. These realities have prompted thoughtful consumers to ask what the U.S. can do to encourage sustainable avocado farming in Mexico. Encroaching on the Ecosystem…

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TACOMA, Washington — The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all sectors of life, a major one being the global economy. However, it appears as though male-owned businesses are faring better than their female-owned counterparts. Across the world, women’s careers are hit harder by lockdown measures and COVID-19’s economic effect on women has been harsh. Ebola Virus and Women Epidemics such as the Ebola virus have shown similar trends. The quarantines issued to prevent Ebola from spreading significantly reduced women’s livelihoods and economic activities which increased food insecurity and poverty rates. These impacts were seen to have longer-lasting effects compared to male…

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BOULDER, Colorado — Indonesia is a nation off the coast of South Asia, spread across an enormous archipelago. Due to its advantageous location, the country has been a hub of trade for centuries. In the past, its main exports consisted mostly of agricultural products. Today, Indonesia is an international exporter of a variety of products such as petroleum, wood, automobiles and electronics. However, the impact of COVID-19 in Indonesia has now spanned across all sectors of life, as it has worldwide. It has put a halt to many export trading endeavors, and Indonesia’s economy suffered harshly as a result. Additionally,…

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TACOMA, Washington — Zoom meetings, telehealth visits, online banking and virtual classrooms are now commonplace in American society. Popularized by the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, these internet-based services are now vital for economic recovery as populations lockdown to prevent infections. Unfortunately, the distribution of reliable internet-capable devices is not equal. Infrastructure in East Asia and the West is far outpacing developing countries in South Asia, South America and most notably Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa is especially poor in internet connectivity. Only approximately 25% of its population had regular access in 2018. The lack of internet access is particularly critical during the…

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TACOMA, Washington — Venezuelans have endured the largest refugee crisis in recent years, with nearly five million people fleeing from the country. However, amid the ongoing novel coronavirus crisis, approximately 130,000 Venezuelan refugees have attempted to return home to Venezuela due to worsening conditions in their new host countries. Venezuelan returnee facilities are overcrowded and face limited food, water and access to medical care,. These conditions are likely to promote the spread of the virus. Protesters against the poor living conditions have reportedly been jailed, a move which has further accelerated the pandemic’s growth. Venezuela’s Current Economy Often referred to…

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SEATTLE, Washington — In the first days of 2021, the Global South received some good news – after four years of reduced humanitarian aid from the U.S., the incoming Senatorial class would tip Congress in favor of the Democratic Party, which has historically prioritized improving living conditions in developing countries more than their Republican counterparts. The winners of the Senate runoff races, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, are likely to bring the votes necessary to pass crucial legislation. This legislation could include efforts to increase United States foreign aid in developing countries and promote human rights worldwide. Such spending would…

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CHICAGO, Illinois — On January 31, 2021, the Myanmar military staged a coup against the democratic government headed by Aung San Suu Kyi and Win Myint. This is not the first time that Myanmar has been under military control. Since the 1940s, the country has experienced a pattern of democracy followed by military rule, destabilizing the nation and inhibiting growth. The Myanmar Coup As of January 31, members of the government and activists have been detained and placed under house arrest. Citizens are experiencing media blocks, and the tensions have led to civil unrest and the removal of personal funds from…

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TACOMA, Washington — As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe, many people have experienced anxiety and discomfort navigating the effects of the virus. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) surveyed 5,412 U.S. citizens to gauge how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected mental health. From the results, it was seen that 40% of those surveyed had experienced a mental or behavioral condition due to COVID-19, with 25% reporting symptoms of anxiety and 24% reporting symptoms of depression. These COVID-19-related mental health challenges are not unique to the United States. Many people around the world are mentally affected, including…

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YEREVAN, Armenia — Child poverty is currently a very prevalent issue in Armenia. Child poverty in Armenia has created physical, psychological, spiritual, emotional and intellectual damage for developing adolescents. In October 2020, a conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan erupted. This heightened the detrimental impacts of child poverty, amongst other issues. In response, Kim Kardashian West donated $1 million towards the Armenia Fund with the intention of providing relief to Armenian citizens. This notable contribution funded reparations and aid, part of which went towards impoverished children. Ongoing Conflict The impact of the fighting among the two nations threatened the livelihood of…

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TACOMA, Washington — Negotiating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was one of President Obama’s biggest foreign policy achievements in office. Commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, this agreement blocked all four pathways to a nuclear weapon for Iran and reduced the breakout time — the amount of time it would have taken them to gather the materials to build a nuclear bomb — from two to three months to a year. Under the deal, Iran also committed to unprecedented levels of transparency, keeping Iran from building a bomb in secret. More than 100 countries voiced support for…

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