Climate Diaries: Creative Farming in the Netherlands

Climate change is dominating President Obama’s final days in office. On Monday, on the White House South Lawn, the president is taking part in an “ideas festival” that includes a discussion on the dangers of…

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How the Securing Water for Food Challenge Seeded My Social Enterprise

When I was 16 years old, I saw how difficult gardening could be in South Africa and set out to change it. I wanted to give people, regardless of their experience or education level, joy…

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Netherlands Farm Works to Adapt to Climate Change Effects

An experimental farm in the Netherlands is pioneering one way to fight the effects of rising sea levels. An influx of salty ocean water threatens millions of farmers around the world. In this edition of…

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The Gender Report: How Women Can Help Us Secure More Water for Food

Women represent nearly half the agricultural workforce — 70 percent in many parts of the world, including sub-Saharan Africa — but disproportionately they work on smallholder farms with little to no income. If women had…

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SWFF Publishes Program Gender Report

Over the past year and a half, Securing Water for Food Founding Partners (USAID, Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and the South African…

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Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development Announces Fourth Call for Innovations

$7.5 million competition seeks innovations to improve water and food security, gender equality, and reduce poverty to receive up to $2 million in funding and acceleration support WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Agency for International…

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How an Affordable Greenhouse Can Turn $1,200 in Revenue into $120,000

For Artur Mucachua, a 47-year-old Mozambique farmer with seven children, a greenhouse changed his life. He wasn’t a farmer by training — he received his formal education in South Africa, joined the army for five…

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This Hyperlocal Weather Forecast Mobile Delivery Service is Helping Farmer Improve Harvests

In Africa, about 95% of all food production is dependent on rain-fed agriculture which means that any changes in rainfall patterns could be catastrophic for the food security of millions of people on the continent….

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New App Detects Rainfall, Helps 80,000 African Farmers

Farmers across six Sub-Saharan African countries can now increase their yields thanks to a new mobile app predicting rainfall and indicating optimum fertilizing and harvesting times. The app, created by Ignitia — a tropical weather…

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Ropes and Hopes

Written by Sukru Esin (MetaMeta Anatolia) and Simon Chevalking (MetaMeta Research) Ever since the beginning of the conflict in Syria in June 2011, large numbers of people have been leaving the country and seeking refuge from…

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