Basic agriculture tools can change women's lives

Smallholder farmer in Sierra Leone

Twenty percent of grain is wasted in sub-Saharan Africa often because of a lack of technology, according to a new report produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Women play a significant role in agriculture across the world. The time they spend in fields could be radically reduced if the right technology was available. A very simple tool such as a hammer mill can make a huge impact in the lives of women who would otherwise spend hours grinding food by hand. Radmilla Suleymanova talked to Nancy Morgan from the FAO about how equipping women with basic tools can significantly decrease their daily work burden, save food, and change lives.

Bolivian woman counting money at table

Ice creams and education for Bolivian women

Women in one of the poorest parts of Bolivia are being given the chance to change their lives by becoming small entrepreneurs. They're receiving low-interest loans from an innovative community–run project, which not only helps them to run businesses but also gets them back into school. Daniel Dickinson reports.

Cheryl Wills

Local NY Reporter Discovers African Family History

Cheryl Wills, a reporter for a local New York television channel, gave a talk at the United Nations about her African heritage this week in celebration of UN Africa Day. A few years ago while surfing the web on her day off from work, Cheryl discovered her family history. She found that her great-great-great grandfather Sandy, a slave who was sold at the age of 10, fought in the American Civil War. This inspired her to chronicle her history in a new book, Die Free, A Heroic Family Tale.  Radmilla Suleymanova asked her Cheryl Wills about the book.

Presenter: Radmilla Suleymanova

Duration:  10'00"

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