Jordan has introduced modern farming technology to overcome the challenge of feeding its population of five million. Only five percent of Jordan?s land is arable, yet with assistance from the government and FAO, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, the country can now feed its population and export produce to more than thirty-three countries in the Middle East and Europe.
The Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Program have set up an innovative school system with a focus on agriculture for AIDS orphans in Mozambique. There are thought to be more than 470,000 orphans in this country, and in these schools they are given the chance to learn farming skills so they will be able to grow their own food in the future.
Rwanda, with the assistance of the European Union and the United Nations Development Program, has set up a village-based justice system to try over eight hundred thousand people suspected in taking part in the genocide that shattered the Rwandan society twelve years ago. Called "gacacas," it is based on an old customary legal system and is helping establish the rule of law as well as bring reconciliation between guilty parties and victims.
As herbal medicine becomes more and more popular, there is a growing rise in bio-piracy throughout India. The UN Development Program has hailed an agreement with the Indian Kani tribe that led to the commercialization of an herbal drug as a global model for benefit sharing.
There is a long recorded history of transgender people in India, yet they have been harshly discriminated against since the days of British rule. Today, there are a significant number of people born with male bodies but who identify as female. Aunt Noori, undaunted by stigma, has emerged as a leading figure in India's fight against HIV/AIDS.
UNICEF is piloting a new program called Community-Led Total Sanitation in the village of Fadieda, some 100 kilometers north of Bamako. It relies on community leaders, like Mr. Sho Traore, to teach people how to make major changes in their hygiene and sanitation habits.
Cameroon's National Network of Mothers' Associations for Girls' Education (RECAMEF) is going into villages around the country to try and convince families and traditional leaders to send girls to school. This initiative is supported by UNICEF and Cameroon's Ministry of Basic Education and is part of the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
A cacophony of songs and radio reports drift from the tented camp; thousands of radios are providing entertainment and, more importantly, information. A UNICEF Public Service Announcement on nutrition blares out of several radios tuned into Port-au-Prince's Radio One. The station is one of many that work with Internews, an organization that is distributing information to earthquake victims.
Formerly nomadic livestock herders in Kyrgyzstan have been rocked by massive changes to their livelihoods in recent times, first adjusting to the centralized Soviet system and now facing a transition to the global market economy. A team of international experts, assisted by the United Nations University, is helping these herders make the transition while maintaining the natural environment.
The jobs that ex-miners in Minnesota see disappearing to China stand for new opportunities for the young Li Jieli to improve her and her family's living condition. Three people from very different worlds and expectations show how they struggle to maintain their security in a shifting and uncertain global economy.
In post-war Bosnia, Omer Bjelonja and Redjo Seferovic fight different battles, each facing tremendous odds against a government that has respectively taken their homes and jobs. These two men find out first hand how corrupt governments and a lack of transparency can deter any attempted escape from poverty.
A former private school headmaster in Haiti, Alzire Rocourt was deeply affected by the earthquake. Her school was destroyed in the disaster, but now, she tackles the challenges of working in a tent city. The educator now teaches music classes in efforts to bring hope to Haitian youth.
Haiti faces the enormous challenge of recruiting qualified teachers and providing adequate infrastructure to students. The country has never had a strong tradition of universal public education. Meet the people who are fighting to create a new culture of education.
Stigma and discrimination are fueling the HIV epidemic in the Caribbean. Join poet and writer Kwame Dawes as he explores the issues surrounding HIV-related stigma in Jamaica and speaks with the people who are most affected.
Overcrowding, poor sanitation, and a general lack of funding in Haiti's National Penitentiary have caused it to become one of the worst in the Western Hemisphere. Reporter Antigone Barton and videographer Stephen Sapienza take a first-hand look at these conditions and an American doctor working to correct them.