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Don’t mention climate. For Midwest farmers, it’s the economy, stupid

Save the climate change talk for the politicians. U.S. farmers already dealing with erosion and shrinking aquifers are embracing farming techniques that fight soil erosion and conserve water. No-till farming is nothing new; it can reduce the nearly two billion tons of annual topsoil runoff that causes billions of dollars in losses. Instead of carbon emissions,

Women’s Health is Human Health

That giant sucking sound you hear is hundreds of millions of dollars rushing out of clinics and health services around the world. The loss of $600 million in family planning and reproductive rights grants as a result of the Trump administration’s reimposition of the Mexico City policy is just the beginning. The so-called “gag rule,” which

Gates Foundation makes a bet on chickens and farmers in Africa

“It’s pretty clear to me that just about anyone who’s living in extreme poverty is better off if they have chickens,” Bill Gates wrote on his blog last summer. “In fact, if I were in their shoes, that’s what I would do — I would raise chickens.” The notion of the billionaire musing on living on less

San Francisco gets its own basic income test

Speaking of Finland, San Francisco announced last week plans to pilot its own $5 million program to compare how kids develop in families that receive direct cash transfers with those that receive traditional social services (or none at all). Finland announced a plan to test such “universal basic income” last year. Cash transfers as a poverty

ClearlySo raises financing for Thrive in UK and Crehana in Peru

ClearlySo, an impact investment bank, helped Thrive beat its fundraising target of £500,000 ($630,000) to develop software to help individuals manage mental health conditions. ClearlySo said it also helped Crehana, based in Lima, raise a seed round of $750,000 to build out its online platform for designers, photographers and video-producers in Spanish-speaking markets. Photo: GARY

Pearl Capital closes round for Uganda agriculture fund

The new Yield Uganda Investment Fund attracted €12 million ($12.9 million) to boost small- and medium-sized agricultural suppliers, producers, processors and transporters. Pearl Capital Partners, which also manages the $25 million African Agricultural Capital Fund launched in 2012 by JP Morgan and the Gates and Rockefeller foundations, hopes to double the new fund to €25

Reframing Immigration: People on the Move are Assets, not Liabilities

The immediate outpouring of resistance against President Trump’s hastily drawn ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries was driven by moral, humanitarian and constitutional concerns. Some business leaders have already rejected Trump’s move, including Starbucks’ Howard Schultz, Netflix’s Reed Hastings and Salesforce’s Marc Benioff. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has said the company is working on a