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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The Quest for Clean Water

MIT researchers design a solar-powered desalination device for rural India. The air was hot and gritty. Shehazvi had to squint to see past the sun into the edge of town, past the cars and motorcycles…

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SWFF Seeks Journalism/Writer Virtual Interns

The Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development and the SWFF Technical Assistance Facility, a hybrid incubator-accelerator serving 28 innovators in more than 30 countries, wants you as our Fall 2016 Virtual Intern…

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Ag Innovation Investment Summit – 26 Things We Learned

In early June, USAID and its partners hosted the first Ag Innovation Investment Summit to connect investors with innovators at the food-water-energy nexus and to accelerate game-changing technologies that can help smallholder farmers improve their…

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SWAR for Transforming Irrigation System

The Hyderabad-based Centre for Environment Concerns (CEC), a non-governmental organisation, has come out with what it claims as a unique irrigation technology called System of Water for Agriculture Rejuvenation (SWAR),...

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Mobile App for Rain Forecasts Raising Farmers’ Yields

NAIROBI- A mobile phone-based innovation that can predict rain is helping farmers in six Sub-Sharan Africa countries sow, fertilise and harvest crops at the optimum time. The innovation is being used in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana,…

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Success Story: How Reel Gardening Went From an Idea to a Successful Business

At 16 years old, Claire Reid was determined to start a garden, but the process was more difficult than she anticipated. She had to buy seeds and fertilizer in industrial quantities, and she had no…

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