In the poorest parts of Tajikistan, young girls are most likely to miss out on a formal education. However, a new UNICEF program that emphasizes traditional life skills such as sewing and cooking alongside academic classes is encouraging rural families to send their daughters to school.
Sampat Pal is a campaigner with a mission: to ensure that those born into the lowest caste have an education, avoid child marriages, and earn a decent wage. But, while Mahatma Gandhi famously preached non-violence, Pal believes that India's long history of patriarchy, abuse, and corruption demands a new style of justice.
The Sekem Farm is an ecological paradise in the middle of the Egyptian desert. Both a thriving business and close-knit community, nothing is lost here, and a delicately balanced relationship between workers and nature has been established. With predictions of the world's population rising to 9 billion by 2050, Dr. Abouleish's ambitious vision may well be the future of farming.
Drawing students from around the world, EARTH University in Costa Rica teaches future leaders how to implement agricultural techniques that drive economic progress while respecting and preserving resources. Its mission is to promote sustainable development and eco-sensitive agriculture in the developing world.
Even while facing their own struggles with poverty and work, a group of female coffee pickers from La Carpio, Costa Rica decide to put on a play. It aims to teach fellow workers about the dangers of cancer - something that effects women in their industry at a much higher rate than average.
Groups of women in the Theni district of Tamil Nadu in India are using mobile phones and computer technology in innovative ways to benefit their agriculture-based businesses.