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When The Sweet Potato Goes Viral: A New Approach to Nutrition Programming in Northern Ghana

Women prepare a highly nutritious meal from the orange-fleshed sweet potato, a vitamin A-rich crop introduced in Northern Ghana. / USAID/Ghana

USAID’s new nutrition strategy is creating life-changing results. Read on to learn how integrating sectors like agriculture into nutrition programs has had a big impact on communities in Northern Ghana.

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Sharing the Land: Using Mapping Technology to Resolve Disputes

Sharing the Land Project Manager Archip Lobo (far right) with team member Ali (center) in Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo. / Christina Mukongoma

University students in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are building a database on land ownership, hoping it will lead to a more peaceful future.

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Healthy Beginnings: New Evidence Cites Breastfeeding’s Health Benefits for Moms, Babies and Economies

This mother in Bakapome, Senegal, a rural village near Thies, knows that breastfeeding doesn’t just benefit infants: it also reduces the risks for breast and ovarian cancers in women. / Jane Silcock, USAID

New evidence reveals the health and economic benefits of breastfeeding. At USAID, breastfeeding is an important component of our work to promote adequate nutrition among some of the world’s most vulnerable women and children.

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Young Entrepreneurs Develop Startups in Serbia

Milan Brindić, 26, co-creator of Bincode Entertainment, collaborates with team members at the ICT Hub. / Laura Jagla, USAID

In Serbia, USAID is partnering with the private sector to increase economic opportunity for young entrepreneurs in the ICT sector.

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Loans in Bangladesh: Stories of Change

Local bank and USAID staff with Somer Ali near his rice milling operation. / USAID Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, hundreds of entrepreneurs have been given fresh starts and second chances, pairing up with USAID-supported local banks to receive the loans that have never before been available.

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Online to On the Ground: How Students in Virginia Supported Nepal Earthquake Recovery

Students and staff from AidData and the College of William & Mary participating in a Crisis Mapping event in April, 2015. / Hannah Dempsey, AidData

When a devastating earthquake shook Nepal last April, my fellow students at the College of William & Mary and I jumped into action. In mapping affected areas, our efforts helped guide recovery aspects and allow first responders to carry out life-saving efforts.

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All in Good Faith: Partnering with Malawian Ministries for Maternal Health

Chimwemwe (“Joy” in the local Chichewa language), a community health worker in Malawi, meets with an HIV-positive pregnant woman at her home in Lilongwe through the USAID-funded Tingathe program, which works closely with the Ministry of Health. / Chris Cox, Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation.

A partnership between USAID and the Christian Health Association of Malawi has enabled more than 200 students to train to become nurses, midwives and technicians, improving health outcomes for women and their babies in the process.

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South African Firefighters Save Lives Halfway Around the World

South Africa deployed a firefighting team for an international wildfire response for the first time this summer. Their presence was proof that USAID’s investments in building local disaster response capacity are paying off. / U.S. Forest Service

Since 2009, USAID and the U.S. Forest Service have worked with South African firefighters to strengthen their ability to respond to emergencies. Wildfires half a world away demonstrated these investments in building local disaster response capacity are paying off.

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‘We Are Grateful’: How One Liberian School Has Battled Ebola

Children at the Lango Lippaye Elementary, Junior and Senior High School in Kakata, Liberia. / Courtney Babcock, USAID

Ebola devastated the school systems in Liberia and kids spent an entire year out of school. A firsthand account of USAID’s commitment to getting kids back to school.

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Living on the Edge in a World of Changing Climate

In Pakistan, Nepal and other countries, climate-change linked natural disasters, including flooding, are becoming more common. Asif Hassan / AFP

People living in extreme poverty experience climate change differently than those who don’t. USAID is working with partners around the globe to improve knowledge sharing, mitigate the effects of climate change and promote climate-resilient growth.

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