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Taylor Quinn: Combatting Poverty with Nutritious, Culturally Relevant Food

Taylor Quinn: Combatting Poverty with Nutritious, Culturally Relevant Food
Taylor: The current way the world tackles malnutrition is not okay. I have been obsessed with providing nutritious low-cost food that is accessible to families living in extreme poverty. This work is especially urgent today because the rise of processed food in developing countries is creating a new reality—obesity and diabetes alongside chronic malnutrition—a double burden of malnutrition. The international development community collectively believes there is no business model for selling nutritious food to the poor. I have seen it work, though, and at the same time, I have so many close friends who have suffered the ravaging effects of malnutrition on their bodies and minds. For me, my work with Tailored Food is not a "career" or a "job" but a deep passion. 

Mazbahul Islam: Meeting Rural Bangladeshis Where They Are, With an Ambulance

Mazbahul Islam: Meeting Rural Bangladeshis Where They Are, With an Ambulance

Mazbahul: In Bangladesh, 105 million people are residing in 68,000 villages. In those 68,000 villages, only 1200 ambulances are available for the 105 million people. That being the case, there is only 1 ambulance obtainable for 88,000 people. As a further scenario, among those 1200 ambulances, below 7% of them have paramedics to assist the patient in time of emergency. It is even uncertain whether those ambulances, regardless of having a paramedic or not, operate properly or not.

Amira Odeh: Planting Fruit Trees for a Resilient Puerto Rico

Amira Odeh: Planting Fruit Trees for a Resilient Puerto Rico

Amira: In Puerto Rico, we import more than 85% of the food that we eat. Even though we have the perfect climate and rich soils, decades of colonization have weakened our local agriculture and caused dependence on imports. The impact of recent hurricanes has made this problem worse. Since the impact of Hurricane Maria in 2017, we have been leading an initiative to reforest Puerto Rico. We have been giving out fruit trees and seeds to families in all 78 municipalities of the islands. Most recently, we are working on creating fruit tree parks where communities will be able to access safe and free food all year long and also be more food secure when another natural disaster happens.