These two languages are not in the same language family yet there are many similiarities (article with more connections that in the video). I would like to challenge you educators to not just say to your students "these similarities are neat!" Make the geographic connections to explain the 'why' behind this cultural pattern and the implications of it.
Questions to Ponder: What past political factors led to this cultural convergence? How were global regions different in the past? What are the were the impacts of this convergence, both in the past and lingering results today?
"Women are the backbone of the development of rural and national economies. They comprise 43% of the world’s agricultural labor force, which rises to 70% in some countries. In Africa, 80% of the agricultural production comes from small farmers, who are mostly rural women. Women comprise the largest percentage of the workforce in the agricultural sector, but do not have access and control over all land and productive resources. Realizing the importance of rural women in agriculture is an important aspect of gender relations. In many countries, the role of women in agriculture is considered just to be a 'help' and not an important economic contribution to agricultural production. Giving support to rural women is a way of breaking the vicious cycle that leads to rural poverty and to the expansion of slums in the cities, where the poor get poorer. Development strategies should consider rural women as the epicenter, paying special attention to their social skills both within and without agriculture sector."
While rural women play a substantial role in agriculture around the world, it is often not in positions of ownership, regional influence, and agency. This is an article discussing how empowering rural women in the agricultural sector by changed the cultural and economic institutions that shape their work can truly change the world we live in.
Tags: gender in agriculture, development, gender, agriculture, labor.
To help provide communities in need with access to safe, drinking water and additional basic necessities, The Coca-Cola Company, together with DEKA R&D, and other partners launched EKOCENTER™ with Slingshot™ technology, a water purification system housed within the community center.
Mrs. B's insight:
Wow! Wow! Wow! This would be so perfect for the Maasai village we work with in TZ!
Sharing and saving seed is a crucial part of traditional farming all over Africa, writes Heidi Chow. Maybe that's why governments, backed by multinational seed companies, are imposing oppressive seed laws that attack the continent's main food producers and open the way to industrial agribusiness. But Ghana's women farmers are having none of it.
"Thousands of years ago, agriculture began as a highly site-specific activity. The first farmers were gardeners who nurtured individual plants, and they sought out the microclimates and patches of soil that favored those plants. But as farmers acquired scientific knowledge and mechanical expertise, they enlarged their plots, using standardized approaches—plowing the soil, spreading animal manure as fertilizer, rotating the crops from year to year—to boost crop yields. Over the years, they developed better methods of preparing the soil and protecting plants from insects and, eventually, machines to reduce the labor required. Starting in the nineteenth century, scientists invented chemical pesticides and used newly discovered genetic principles to select for more productive plants. Even though these methods maximized overall productivity, they led some areas within fields to underperform. Nonetheless, yields rose to once-unimaginable levels: for some crops, they increased tenfold from the nineteenth century to the present.
Today, however, the trend toward ever more uniform practices is starting to reverse, thanks to what is known as 'precision agriculture.' Taking advantage of information technology, farmers can now collect precise data about their fields and use that knowledge to customize how they cultivate each square foot."
"More than 60 percent of Utah’s residents are Mormons, who typically abstain from alcohol, caffeine and tobacco. With those vices frowned upon, candy is an acceptable treat. Hispanics like Hershey’s Cookies ’n Creme bars in disproportionate numbers, and Minnesotan buy six-packs of Hershey bars at higher rates than any other Americans, particularly in the summer (think s’mores)."
They gathered test scores from thousands of 16-year-olds across four cities in England from 2000 to 2012, tracking which schools started smartphone bans and what the effect was. Turns out that after a mobile ban was introduced in a school, teens boosted their test scores by 6 percent. “Our conclusion is that unstructured use of phones in schools has a negative impact, mainly for kids at the bottom half of the class,” Dr. Richard Murphy, assistant professor of Economics at the University of Texas and co-author of the study, tells Yahoo Parenting. This isn’t the only study to conclude that smartphone use affects grades.
Forty years after the Swedish parliament unanimously decided to change the formerly homogenous Sweden into a multicultural country, violent crime has increased by 300% and rapes by 1,472%. Sweden is now number two on the list of rape countries, surpassed
This conveys some important realities about the demographic necessities of agriculture, the economic impact and the cultural differences in agricultural production. As with all long infographics on this site, you can "scroll down" on the image by putting the cursor in the top right-hand corner of the image and sliding on the translucent bar.
Tags: agriculture, infographic, unit 5 agriculture.
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