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Cassava, the lowly tuber, becomes both weapon against hunger, political prop in Nigeria

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IBADAN, Nigeria –  From this field nestled among the lush rolling hills of Nigeria's southwest, the small plants rising out the hard red dirt appear fragile, easily crushed by weather or chance.

Looks, however, are deceiving.

These cassava plants will grow into a dense thicket of hard, bamboo-like shoots within a year, with roots so massive a single planted hectare can provide three tons of food. The plants survive fires, droughts and pestilence, while offering a vital food source for more than 500 million people living across sub-Saharan Africa. ... Read more about Cassava, the lowly tuber, becomes both weapon against hunger, political prop in Nigeria

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U.N. sounds alarm on worsening global income disparities

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Louis Charbonneau
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The U.N. Development Program warned in a report on Wednesday that income disparities in countries around the world have been worsening, posing new risks for global economic and political stability.

The UNDP warning echoes remarks from U.S. President Barack Obama in his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday, in which he said there was a widening gap between rich and poor in the world's biggest economy and that while the stock market has soared, average U.S. wages have barely budged. ... Read more about U.N. sounds alarm on worsening global income disparities

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Dr. Jeoffry Gordon

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Dr. Jeoffry Gordon

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Member of the California Medical Licensing Board

Dr. Gordon retired after being a family doc in San Diego for 40 years. He have had a life long passionate dedication to social justice. He has been involved in health policy at the federal (in the United States Public Health Service), state (as a member of the California Medical Licensing Board and as a nursing home inspector), and local level (as one of the founders of the Beach Area Community Clinic and as staff in the Department of Public Health). ... Read more about Dr. Jeoffry Gordon

A Less Peaceful World, Marginally

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A. Edward Elmendorf
In February 2013, the Afghanistan National Institute of Music visited the United States Department of State to perform to an audience that included Afghans, above, and Secretary of State John Kerry. The country is the least-stable nation worldwide, according to a new global peace index. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
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Over the last year, the world has become a less peaceful place, and although the rate of decline was not tremendous, the deterioration has been steady since 2008, says a new report, the Global Peace Index. The factors behind the negative trend include a rise in the number of internal conflicts, a widening gap in peacefulness between countries with authoritarian regimes and the rest of the world and more countries suffering from recession. ... Read more about A Less Peaceful World, Marginally

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Michael Russell

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Michael Russell

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Simon Mayeski

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Simon Mayeski

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Solana Energy Consultant Volunteer - SanDiego350

Simon Mayeski is a founding member of SanDiego 350. He has focused on the  Regional Plan for the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), paying particular attention to SANDAG’s responsibility to fight global climate change in California. He has also helped organize SanDiego350′s rallies and marches and currently serves on the group’s Public Policy committee, and serves as the organization’s treasurer. He also serves as campaign treasurer for a number of San Diego area political candidates. ... Read more about Simon Mayeski

Scott Peters

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Scott Peters

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Member of Congress (CA-52)

Congressman Scott Peters serves California’s 52nd Congressional District, which includes the cities of Coronado, Poway and most of northern San Diego. First elected in 2012, he currently serves on the House committees on Armed Services & on the Science, Space, & Technology Committee. ... Read more about Scott Peters

Reno Harnish

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Reno Harnish

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Director, Center for Environment and National Security - Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Reno works for a better environment.  In 2009 he founded and is currently the Director of the Center for Environment and National Security at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  He has organized and led two symposia mixing scientists with Washington policy makers and does grant work for the EPA, USAID and World Bank.  He served in the Department of State in Washington as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment, Science and Health. ... Read more about Reno Harnish

U.N. sounds alarm on worsening global income disparities

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BY LOUIS CHARBONNEAU
Helen Clark, head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), speaks during a news conference after launching a report on ''Water Governance in the Arab Region'' in Manama November 28, 2013 file photo. CREDIT: REUTERS/HAMAD I MOHAMMED
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(Reuters) - The U.N. Development Program warned in a report on Wednesday that income disparities in countries around the world have been worsening, posing new risks for global economic and political stability. ... Read more about U.N. sounds alarm on worsening global income disparities

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