Much good is accomplished around the world by NGOs and the UN, but often their inspiring stories are lost in the midst of inequalities needing solutions.  At a recent event announcing the publication of State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet, we learned about agricultural projects in 25 sub-Saharan Africa countries resulting in progress toward a sustainable society. This book highlights innovations such as feeding school children from rural farms, vertical bag gardens in urban areas, solar cookers, and paying farmers to store CO2 by planting trees among their crops.

Contact Jean Stoner ( if you would like to borrow this book about successful stories of governments, foundations, and citizens working together to eradicate hunger and mitigate climate change. Watch a 3-minute South African story at


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