Rural Areas

Solar Energy, the Solution for Remote Communities in Argentina

When asked about the impact of incorporating solar energy at the school he runs in Atraico, a remote rural area in the Patagonian steppe in southern Argentina, Claudio Amaya Gatica is unequivocal: "Life has changed, not only for the school but for the whole community.”

With its Own Satellite, Bolivia Hopes to Put Rural Areas on the Grid

Maria Eugenia Calle, a local official in this Andean agricultural community, recently saw the Internet for the first time.

Africa’s Youth Not Lured by Unglamorous Farming

Ketsela Negatu is the son of an Ethiopian goat farmer living close to the country’s capital, Addis Ababa, who refuses to follow in his father’s footsteps. The 19-year-old has negative perceptions about the family profession after seeing the dim prospects a farming livelihood has offered his father. 

Reviving Zimbabwe’s ‘Growth Points’

More than three decades after Zimbabwe’s independence, the idea of developing its rural areas seems to have been laid to rest, as points intended for development have been turned into beer outlets, which seem to be more lucrative than industry.



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