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Zambian businessman turned environmental campaigner starts Africa's first Green Party

After years in the maize exporting business and fifteen years of fighting to protect the rich natural resources, environment and landscape of Zambia, Peter Sinkamba has decided it is time to swap his activist hat for a politician’s. All the same, he will keep his business hat on when trying to persuade corporates to jump on the environmental bandwagon.

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The Missing Link: How We Can Better Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

If you’ve ever moved from one city to another, or between countries, you may have noticed that what is allowed in your recycling bin often changes with the move. So what makes a plastic yogurt tub recyclable in one place but not another?

Why can some cities, like London, take virtually all rigid plastic containers, while many in the United States only recycle plastic bottles?

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Creating a school food revolution

By the time the average American child has finished grade 12, he or she has consumed 4,000 meals at school. What better place to start tackling the obesity crisis?

Kids don't like veggies. Healthy food is expensive. Cooking nutritious meals takes too long. Education boards won't convert. The problem is just too big to solve. The assumptions around school dinners are stubborn, but they did not stop two Californian mums from trying anyway.

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Going Green: How A Simple Transparency Tool Can Make Businesses And Consumers Put Their Money Where Their Mouth Is

If you’re reading this, chances are you buy a brand that supports a good cause at least once a month. Nearly half of global consumers do, a 47 percent increase from 2010.

“Not only are consumers making purchase decisions with Purpose [sic] top of mind, they are also buying and advocating for purposeful brands,” says the 2012 Edelman goodpurpose® Study.

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My Voice, Our City: What will you do? Finalists Announced

The New York City Mayor’s Office launched the “My Voice, Our City: What will you do?” competition this past summer to help reduce racial and ethnic disparities in New York City—and fast.The competition called for ideas that address challenges faced by young men—ideas designed by the members of the communities that are disproportionately affected.

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Final Event: Innovative Solutions for a Nutrients for All World

For the last nine months, Ashoka’s Changemakers and the Nutrients for All programs have been searching for innovations that spark and spread cross sector solutions to the connected epidemics of malnutrition, chronic illnesses, and destruction of our soils. From revolutionizing local waste systems, to empowering farmers to nourish their soils and food, to improving the nourishment of mothers and children, these innovations represent critical elements of the future we are pursuing.

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Paul Polman: Young People, A Sustainable Future Can Be Yours. Make Your Work Count.

Every day, when watching the news, we see pictures of famine and floods, droughts and demonstrations, confronting us with the effects of increasing resource scarcity, climate change, food security, civil unrest and poverty. We see the increasing numbers of people left behind.

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Competition Launch: Women Powering Work in MENA

General Electric and Ashoka Changemakers launched an online competition today in search of innovative solutions that will advance economic opportunities for women in Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Pakistan. Women Powering Work: Innovations for Economic Equality is calling for initiatives that enable women to achieve economic equality, strengthen their families and communities, and benefit equitably from economic growth. 

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The Burren: Ireland's Living Classroom

It is not often that farmers set out to purposefully degrade the natural landscape, erode the soils they till, and destroy the fragile balances of biodiversity. Farmers are not illogical people. Instead, for decades, they have been responding to a single set of signals coming from the marketplace – produce more, and do it more efficiently.

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The Rise of Ireland's "Green Empathy"

Across Ireland, people are resurrecting the traditional Irish practice of “meitheal,” the idea of harnessing community spirit through collective action around individual projects, as a way to elevate how people in cities are consuming food. They are part of a nationwide movement that is dramatically increasing the number of people who are actively involved in growing and producing their own food.

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Nutrients for All: Thriving Ecosystems for Productive, Resilient Food Systems

Natural ecosystems ensure that vital nutrients flow from soils to food to people. Thriving ecosystems are the bedrock of healthy nutrient chains, the basis of all life on the planet.

So what’s the issue?

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3 Lessons for Food Companies

One panel discussion at Ashoka’s recent Globalizer Summit in Frankfurt, Germany, “Fighting the ‘Hidden Hunger,” brought together stakeholders from various sectors, including funding agencies, agri-businesses, think tanks, nutrition organizations, and social entrepreneurs who were interested in growing a global nutrient economy.

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e’Pap Mandela Day - 67 Minutes

At Benmore Gardens Johannesburg we celebrated International Mandela Day.  Many joined us to feed the hungry, the nutritional way.

This marked the start of our International e’Pap Challenge campaign to feed 1,000,000 e’Pap meal portions making everyday a Mandela day. Already Headline Leisure has kicked off the campaign with 100,000 meal portions and people in the USA and Switzerland have made commitments to join in with another 50,000 meal portions.

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Food Fortification in the Midst of Political Turmoil

Political turmoil and related conflicts can dictate the amount and quality of nutrients accessible to everyday people. Coverage of the Arab Spring has brought to light the dire circumstances still faced by many in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Some activists found success in overthrowing authoritarian governments, but the post-revolution economic improvements for which protesters fought have not been as forthcoming as many had hoped.

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Double Win for Haiti: Human Waste into Valuable Fertilizer

SOIL is enabling communities in Haiti to transform human waste into a resource for sustainable livelihoods, agriculture, and reforestation. The organization is creating a lasting impact by seeding a new economy based on nutrients—one that a multinational corporation is now pledging to support.

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Double Win for Haiti: Human Waste into Valuable Fertilizer

SOIL is enabling communities in Haiti to transform human waste into a resource for sustainable livelihoods, agriculture, and reforestation. The organization is creating a lasting impact by seeding a new economy based on nutrients—one that a multinational corporation is now pledging to support.

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Contract Farming has been in existence for many years as a means of organizing the commercial agricultural production of both large & small scale farmers. In an age of market liberalization and globalization, small farmers stand high chance of not reaping the benefit of the global market economy. Today, ‘Contract Farming’ is an effective way to co-ordinate and promote production and marketing in agriculture, however, this may change the traditional practices of the small farmers having consequence on their livelihood, lifestyle and progress.

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5 Lessons from the Nutrients for All Globalizer

What happens when you get business-minded social sector leaders in the same room with social-minded business leaders? Apart from heated debate, you begin to not only see the challenges to the status quo, but a series of collaborative solutions. This “scaling impact” model is Ashoka’s secret sauce for pushing its network of social entrepreneurs to think beyond the local and begin to envision the global.

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Food Hero: Basil Kransdorff, Creator of e’Pap

Basil Kransdorff is an Ashoka fellow and creator of e’Pap, a revolutionary pre-prepared foodstuff packed with nutrients. Kransdorff and his wife, Rose, developed e’Pap, which rapidly improves nutrition, energy, and productivity for those consuming it. e’Pap offers repletion based on nutrients rather than empty calories from processed foods with fortifications.

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#SocEntChat on Creating Sustainable Solutions through Nutrients

On Wednesday, May 29th from 11:30am – 1pm EST, Join Ashoka Changemakers for a Twitter Discussion (#SocEntChat) on the power, the impact, and the future of Nutrients for All – and how we can go beyond “raising awareness” to create sustainable and innovative solutions for delivering nutrients.

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Mayor Bloomberg Kicks Off New Competition for Young Black and Latino Men

How can young black and Latino men strengthen communities across New York City, and spearhead new solutions that will inspire the nation?

Mayor Bloomberg’s Young Men's Initiative (YMI) and Ashoka Changemakers launched the My Voice, Our City: What will you do? online competition to find out.

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Google+ Hangout: the Rise of Nutrients for All Companies

Nutrients are the connecting thread between us, the food we eat, and the soil that it comes from, relating to nearly every aspect of life. The complex, and remarkable, thing about making nutrients available for human beings is it requires making nutrients available for all—for ecosystems, soils, farms, plants, animals, and ourselves.

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#SocEntChat Summary on Innovation through Nutrients

Have you ever watched kids pluck green vegetables off of plants and gobble them up like candy? The pleasures of wholesome food go beyond good taste and good health. Eating well-fresh, uncontaminated, responsibly-sourced food is as good for the Earth and other species as it is for our bodies – and this is exactly what the focal point became for last week’s Nutrients for All #SocEntChat.

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#SocEntChat on Innovation through Nutrients

Today, more and more media coverage is highlighting the negative results of our global food economy, from degraded ecosystems and unsustainable agricultural practices to lack of access to nutrient-rich foods. If THAT’s not bad enough, childhood stunting, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and a host of other health problems are debilitating our global society and economy.

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Improving Access to Quinoa Based Products

Quinoa has gained unprecedented popularity in the last ten years: 2013 was declared "the year of the Quinoa” by United Nations, it is a hot item on restaurants menus and consumers are happily experimenting with it in their home kitchens.  So, despite its alternate grain status, it is quickly becoming a household name.

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Debunking the Myths behind Food Fortification

In a world of rising food prices, the majority of low-income people simply cannot access enough micronutrient-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy to meet their dietary needs. It has been widely documented that families with reduced purchasing power substitute expensive nutritious foods with cheaper, less nutritious, but “stomach-filling” foods. This approach, practiced over a long period of time, leads to malnutrition.

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Stopping Micronutrient Deficiencies: Q&A with GAIN’s Rebecca Spohrer on Food Fortification

Micronutrient deficiency is one of the most common public health problems in developing countries. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies account for about 10% of the global health burden with the most prominent ones including iron, vitamin A, iodine, zinc and folic acid.

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Nutrients for All Competition Open for Entries!

Ashoka’s Nutrients for All and Ashoka Changemakers are excited to launch Nutrients for All: Vitality for People and the Planet, a new competition in search of your innovative solutions that will ensure the availability of nutrients for healthy, natural ecosystems, farms, food, and people.

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