Altair Guimarães

Rural Farmers Adapt to Climate Change with New Solutions

Farmers in rural Nepal are plagued by extreme poverty resulting from recurring disasters like droughts, floods and earthquakes. Rising temperatures are leading to insect infestations and the droughts are drying up the farms that entire families depend on. As people migrate to urban areas, the responsibilites of the household often fall on the women who stay behind to take care of the home and their families. Seeing the devastating losses of colleagues, farmers wish for their children to get a job elsewhere or become civil servants. "Agriculture is not a good option."

Programs such as the BRACED project are helping Nepalese farmers set up vegetable co-operatives and use "climate-smart" technologies that help them adapt to climate conditions, including solar pumps. The impact is so marked that farmers using these new methods are beginning to rely on their local vegetable farming for their income again.

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Green at What Price?

In the name of environmental restoration, the Ugandan government is expanding the country’s forest reserves in order to sell into the global carbon credit market. But this program comes at a high human cost as the state is displacing long established villages, forcing people to relocate, and jailing those opposing the program.

One Man, One City, Three Evictions

Rio de Janeiro has experienced several waves of development in the past century. For Altair Guimaraes the changes have affected him directly. Brought up in a favela, he has been evicted three times as a result of Rio’s developments. As Brazil tries to gain global recognition and increase tourism, locals like Altair are forced to relocate despite property titles. Now, their struggles are becoming a symbol of a global phenomenon.

Women's Work

Women from all over the world are trailblazing through gender barriers in difficult and often dangerous environments. They are defying cultural norms and finding ways to pursue their dreams and change their future. The women featured in this episode are giving a new meaning to the term “women’s work.”

Colombia’s Ghosts of War

The 52-year Colombian civil war is not ending without leaving deep scars. As rebels hand over weapons, an entire generation of Colombians are emerging from the conflict to rebuild their nation. While some are struggling more than others, many citizens are rolling up their sleeves to clear out the ghosts of war.