1/2/13 ** A brief biography of 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai. Having grown up in a small village in Kenya and experiencing the "harvest of sweet potatoes, sugarcane, and maize from the rich soil" (unpaged). Maathai was in a unique position to note the erosion and desertification that afflicted Kenya when she returned after 6 years of study (and a bachelor's and master's degrees in biology) in America. She began planing seedlings in 1977. At the time she won the Peace Prize, over 30 million trees, across 30 African countries, had been planted by Maathai and the army of women she recruited.