Blooming in the Desert: Groasis Saves Water and Reforests the World

Pieter Hoff used to breed flower bulbs, but in 2010, he turned his attention to a different kind of bloom: making trees grow in the desert. The idea was sparked by Hoff’s observation of food…

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Innovator Snapshot – World Hope International

This video was originally published on Securing Water for Food’s YouTube Channel.

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SWFF Global Call Yields 553 Applications from 91 Countries

The SWFF 4th Global Call for Innovations closed on October 10, and 553 organizations from 91 countries submitted applications. Seventy-four percent of applicants are from developing countries, and 89 percent are new to USAID or…

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Can a ‘Garden in a Box’ Help South Africans Grow More Food with Less Waste?

Unlike most girls her age who work as a waitress or at other part-time jobs in Johannesburg, 16-year-old Claire Reid spent her time diligently working on ideas to grow vegetables in her backyard to make…

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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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