The United States leads the world in defense spending, something that Republicans and Democrats alike have contributed to over the years.  Just how much does our government spend? Military spending is projected to come close to $600 billion in the 2015 fiscal year, which is by far the most of any country in the world.…

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Recently Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, applauded the 15-year global push to meet the Millennium Development Goals on poverty, education, gender equality, child mortality, maternal health, disease, the environment and global partnership. Amidst such praised effort, he cautioned that the world is still riven with inequality, something that is well-documented by a new UN…

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Seedlings getting ready for transplant at at MCC partner KMTC (Kulima Mbobumi Training Center) in ZImbabwe. KMTC stands for Family is Life. The goal of the project by Canadian Food Grains Bank (CFGB) and MCC in the Binga district of Zimbabwe is to increase food security for households by using conservation agriculture to produce cereal crops and vegetables.

As in many vulnerable communities worldwide, farmers nervously await the rainy season each year in Binga District in Matabeleland North Province, Zimbabwe. When rains are sparse farmers are forced to plant several times. Normally, the rainy season starts in November. But in recent years, the heavy rain has not come until December, followed by a…

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