SWFF Innovator Claire Reid Wins 2017 Agripreneur of the Year

SWFF innovator Claire Reid, founder of Reel Gardening located in South Africa, won The Future Agro Challenge Global Championships and was designated as the 2017 Agripreneur of the Year. She competed against 50 startups from 50 countries for the…

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Green Heat Uganda: Using Less Water to Create Cleaner, More Abundant Energy

Farmers in Uganda and in developing countries around the world are facing major energy and waste management issues. There are anaerobic digestions systems to help farmers manage agricultural waste from plants and animals, but there’s…

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RainMaker App Simplifies Drip Irrigation for Farmers

MyRain has sold drip irrigation and related products to 581 farmers (2,905 users) who have saved over 1.1 billion liters of water on over 300 hectares of land in India. Empowered by the MyRain “Rainmaker”…

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aQysta Pump Impacts Smallholder Farmers

aQysta’s Barsha pump is a low-cost, innovative solution for smallholder farmers to irrigate their fields without using any fuel or electricity. The hydro-powered pump is easily implemented anywhere there is flowing water nearby and requires…

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Ecorangers Help To Mitigate Impacts of Herding

By training cattle herders and communal herding techniques to minimize the negative impacts of climate change and alien plant invasions to wetlands and riparian zones, Conservation South Africa uses an innovative business model, Meat Naturally…

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Getting There, Even When It’s Hard: Lessons Learned from a Water-Ag Innovator

Social entrepreneurs generally have their minds set on one very important goal when they start their business: They want to create impact. But one thing we don’t all necessarily think about is how long it…

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Bangladesh Farmers Benefitting from Sandbars

Practical Action’s sandbar cropping technique enables landless families in Bangladesh to diversify their incomes by growing pumpkins and other crops on previously barren land. Practical Action has taught over 600 female farmers to grow pumpkins…

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AST Trials Demonstrate Crop Yield Increases

Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies’ BioEnsure® is a fungal seed and plant treatment that, when sprayed onto seeds, helps plants to adapt to water-related stress. While AST has not yet reported full impact results for their second…

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Innovation Communication Internship – SWFF TA Facility Seeks Senior or MA-Level PR/Journalism Intern

The Securing Water for Food Technical Assistance Facility is an enterprise incubator-accelerator that provides services to and direct involvement with the Securing Water for Food Grand Challenge innovators to improve their market-driven business development, commercial…

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Conservation South Africa’s Livestock Auction Yields Big Profits

The recent drought in South Africa has threatened the viability of farms and communities across the country, but the Conservation South Africa (CSA) – Meat Naturally Pty livestock auction held late last month in Mzongwana,…

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