Smallholder farming reaps big results
July 5th, 2013
05:00 PM ET
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In just 12 years leading up to 2010, Vietnam cut the country's malnutrition rate in half by investing in small scale farming.

Poverty in the country has plummeted from 58 percent in 1993 to 18 percent by 2006, says development charity Oxfam, who cites the Asian country as a exceptional model for others around the world.

Vietnam went from being a rice importer to the second biggest exporter of rice in the world. "The magic formula is political will and vision," says Hannah Stoddart, head of economic justice policy at Oxfam GB. "Planning a government strategy and making sure the investment gets to those who need it most is the key," she says.

Smallholder farming, a term used for small scale or family farming, is in fact the best way to describe 500 million farms globally where two billion people live and work.

Read - Can family farming make poverty history?

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9 neighborhood joints that won't disappoint
July 5th, 2013
01:30 PM ET
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What makes a classic dive bar?

Is it the sticky floors or the peanut shells?

The killer juke box?

The heady aroma of stale beer and the haze of a million cigarettes? (In some states, anyway.)

These are all things that are worth debating, and we welcome you to disagree with the picks below.

The definition we decided on includes decades of history and everything from octogenarian bartenders and surly bouncers to pooping chickens and giggling ghosts.

Most of all, these are neighborhood standbys, the places you go because you know what you're going to get, and more importantly, what you're not going to get.

Pay a virtual visit to 9 classic U.S. dive bars over on CNN Travel.

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Scale down portions, save the planet
July 5th, 2013
07:45 AM ET
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Editor's note: Rachel Smith is the co-founder of Halfsies, a social initiative offering a choice to restaurant-goers that provides a healthier meal portion, reduces food waste and supports the fight against hunger. Follow Halfsies on Twitter.

We're all familiar with the phrase "waste not, want not," but how well are we applying these words today?

For many of us, we buy more than we need, we spend more than we earn, we eat more than our fill. The consequence of excessive living and waste affect not only us, but also our global neighbors and future generations.
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Filed under: Childhood Obesity • Environment • Health News • Hunger • Water


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