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Fridays on the Farm: Building Success from the Ground Up

By Tom Oder· May 19, 2022

This Friday meet Nguyen Huynh and his son, Dennis, of Bowden, Georgia. The Huynhs are first generation Americans from Vietnam. Nguyen raised chickens before leaving his homeland for California, where he worked in construction. Because of high living costs and an unstable income, he began feeling an urge to raise chickens again. With support from the family, they helped him do just that.

“We were living in Garden Grove near Los Angeles, and a family friend was moving to Georgia to get into the poultry business,” said Dennis. The friend had purchased a poultry farm, so in 2015, the Huynhs seized the opportunity, packed their bags, and moved with him.

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Software developers in an open space work area.
One-in-four people do not feel valued at work, and those who do are mostly in senior positions, according to a new report launched on Wednesday by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Although diverse and inclusive workplaces generate greater productivity, innovation and well-being, ILO’s Transforming Enterprises through Diversity and Inclusion, finds that too little is being done to make them a reality – particularly inclusion of minority groups – leaving enterprises, workers and societies missing out on significant gains.

“An equal, diverse and inclusive workplace is a key driver of resilience and recovery,” said Manuela Tomei, Director, ILO Conditions of Work and Equality Department.

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WFP-backed challenge boosts food system in Rwanda and beyond

 In the US many communities could benefit from such a program developed to help  Rwanda fight food insecurity. The following story is  also an example of how sustainable development goals can be met with small investments made at the local level.
    Supporting innovations in the food system in Rwanda is the goal of a UN-backed initiative launched in the capital, Kigali, on Wednesday. The IGNITE Food Systems Challenge comes amid worsening food insecurity in East Africa due to rising conflict, climate change, natural disasters, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Both technical support and a total of $300,000 in financing will be made available to help start-ups, cooperatives, and small and medium enterprises, to scale-up locally-driven solutions that contribute to the economy and address different gaps in supplying nutritious food.

Reaching talented entrepreneurs

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Empowering Girls to Reach for the Stars

UNOOSA Mindy Howard during parabolic flight training.
 Growing up in 1970s New York, Mindy Howard received no encouragement at home and was ridiculed at school for her dream to become an astronaut, it was a time when only boys were supposed to have such aspirations.

Now, an astronaut coach and the founding director of the Netherlands-based Inner Space Training, the world’s first and only space training to mentally prepare commercial astronauts for flight, Ms. Howard is empowering girls to reach for the stars in the international space industry and pursue careers in the still male-dominated field.

Can recycling cut unsafe migration from Haiti?

The following story is another example how green investments can halt environmental degradation and create green sustainable jobs and reduce unsafe migration for many looking for work.

The unsafe migration of people from Haiti could be reduced by a recycling initiative which is aimed at tackling environmental degradation. The initiative, launched by the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), will not only help to improve the environment, it may also provide new housing which is resilient to natural disasters.

On the International Day of Migrants, celebrated annually on 18 December, UN Haiti looks at how recycling could make a contribution towards people staying at home rather than risking migration through unofficial or irregular channels.

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