Desert Agriculture in the Navajo Nation

As of April 1, 2015, the Navajo Nation Council instituted an extra 2-cent sales tax on junk food and sugary drinks within the borders of its sovereign territory, the largest reservation in the U.S., which extends across parts of Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico.  The tax, put in place as the Healthy Diné Nation Act, is intended to discourage consumption of foods without nutritional value and in turn make healthy foods like whole fruits and vegetables more affordable.  The Council plans to spend the revenue raised from the new tax on health and wellness programs.


Farming and Foreign Aid in Haiti

Last fall, over 20 film directors participated in the short film initiative “WE THE ECONOMY,” a series of bite-sized looks at common but important questions people have about economics. 


Drought and Food Security in Brazil

      January 28-29, 2015 saw the third annual summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in San José, Costa Rica.  The summit was attended by 21 heads of state from across the region.  Included in its plan of action was a resolution to implement a plan submitted to CELAC by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which set a goal of eliminating hunger in the region by 2025.  The threat to regional food security posed by climate change was one of four key strategic points identified in the plan. 

Egyptian Minefield Clearing Project


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Wacky Technology Wednesday: Izhar Gafni creates a bike from cardboard

A few weeks ago, Gizmag ( covered the story of Izhar Gafhi, who recently designed and prototyped a bicycle built from cardboard.  In its current design, it cots US $12 to build, can withstand moisture/water/humidity, and can support riders weighing up to 485 pounds.   Additionally, Gafhi uses recycled car tiers for the tires and repurposes a car timing belt as the bike chain.

Papua New Guinea Windmill & Water Project

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Papua New Guinea Water Project

Country or Countries Where Challenge Takes Place: 


In 2010, approximately 3,000 families in Papua New Guinea were displaced by a new Liquid Natural Gas extraction operation installed by Exxon Mobil.

The extraction operation displaced four distinct tribes, each with their own unique culture and traditions.  These four communities families are now living together in an open encampment just outside of Port Moresby, without access to clean water, sanitation, power, or adequate shelter.

Water, land, fertile soil, grasses, trees
Custom & Culture: 
Displaced communities, custom, highland traditions, organization, elders
Site/property design/layout, water depth, gravity usage, technology implementation
From project contributors, crops, market exchange
Windmill, well drilling technology, piping/distribution, holding tanks, Satellite imagery, photography, video, storytelling
Currently negative health conditions, aiming for improved health conditions. Currently organized in a displaced persons community, relocating to a community managed property. Healing, cultural rebirth, sharing, stewardship

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