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The Multidimensionality of Agriculture: Agriculture and the Economy

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To nations dominated by information and technology, agriculture might seem like a sign of moving backward.  But for many countries around the world, like India, agriculture remains a crucial part of its identity.  Spread out over a series of entries I will highlight the multidimensionality of agriculture, beginning with its impact on economics. Contrary to popular belief, agriculture has the potential to be innovative.  Sustainable agriculture-a topic we will revisit in my final entry of […]

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A Shared Struggle for Equality

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What can the Black Lives Matter movement contribute to the field of international development? In order to advocate on behalf of India’s most marginalized citizens, Delhi-based All India Dalit Women’s Rights Forum has teamed up with Black Lives Matter activists. Through a shared history of oppression and inequality, low-caste women in India and communities of color in the United States are learning from one another. Caste discrimination in India, like racial discrimination in the United […]

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Empowering Women to Take Control of Health and Well-being

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Health is defined by the WHO as, “a complete state of physical, social, mental and emotional well-being.” Being healthy is many aspects in one. But many think of one aspect over the other. For many women around the world, health, especially their overall well-being is overlooked, and even more so among women in rural areas in developing countries. Women are especially marginalized in societies where there is little that can be offered to them, with […]

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Gender Equality Outside America is Everyone’s Issue

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The kind of reactions I get when I tell someone I am a feminist vary from an awkward interaction directly after the word flows from my mouth to a feeling of unity and pride from the other party in the conversation. At risk of this sounding like an “open letter” odyssey online blog, I’ll go on to say that this is not me trying to convince anyone to be a feminist or change their mind […]

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Cultivating Development through Sports

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Growing up, I can’t recall one time in which I was ever told there was something I couldn’t do or achieve.  As one of six children, with three sisters and two brothers, my immediate family has always been female heavy. My larger family seems to follow the same pattern, with strong, accomplished women far outnumbering men. Having grown up in such a matriarchal family, it was hard for me to imagine an environment in which […]

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