Much More Than a Warm Welcome

Shi Cao Gou Village Welcomes UAA students "Such a generous and beautiful welcome was rather overwhelming. I do not think I was able to capture how touching it was that this village had opened themselves to us and had taken the time to give us an

Beyond Local

Photo from Flickr/acnatta. Creative Commons. We've all heard the mantras, seen the bumper stickers, puzzled over the portmanteaus--"Buy local," "locavores," "glocal." But what if local is not the simple solution we've been told?

The Coming Cassava Famine?

Green leaves of a dense cassava field. Photo from Flickr/DMahendra. Creative Commons. Cassava, an edible tuber that tolerates drought and poor soil, is widely grown in tropical countries from Africa to South America to Asia.

Farewell to Spring

The summer issue of World Ark magazine will hit mailboxes in less than two weeks. Before it does, take a few minutes to revisit the spring issue online. Donna Stokes took us to a women's project in Nepal. Ragan Sutterfield looked at Haiti's pig

Vote for Your Favorite Farmers Market

We love farmers markets. They are a great way for small farmers to sell their products and earn a sustainable living. They are a place for a community to gather and meet the people who grow their food. And of course we love the fresh vegetables,

Who's That Lady?

Photo by Geoff Oliver Bugbee The Monument of the African Renaissance in Dakar, Senegal, is magnificent. Enormous. Glowing and majestic. It's the first thing visitors see when they're flying into the airport, and on its hilltop perch it's visible

Basket Weaving 101

Basket Making 101 from Heifer International on Vimeo. In Fandene, a village on the western side of Senegal, palms are the most important trees. The oil is used for cooking, the fruit is grilled and eaten by both people and animals, and the fronds

The Sapling Project

Two young men in tree-starved Mumbai, India, decided to pool rupees with friends, buy a few tree saplings and plant them. What started very small has turned into The Sapling Project, which encourages people in any country to make a difference in

Kristof on Poverty and Vices

In his Sunday NYTimes op-ed column, Nicholas Kristof took on the uncomfortable topic of how the poor spend what little money they have. Kristof, with data to back it up, asserts that "... if the poorest families spent as much money educating