SWFF Innovators Reduce Water Consumption by 11.4 Billion Liters: 2018 Semi-Annual Report

Securing Water for Food (SWFF) released its 2018 Semi-Annual Report, highlighting the program’s successes in the last six months and opportunities for growth. The document details SWFF innovators’ impact to date, major program achievements and…

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Have You Herd? Meat Naturally Brings Sustainable Profits to South African Cattle Farmers

Southern Africa is home to thousands of species, including prides of lions and roaming elephants. But, in a region over 90 percent rangelands — including grasslands and savannahs — buffalo, cattle and other grazing animals…

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Teaching the Next Generation to Bloom and Grow

In South Africa, future generations who want to understand where their food comes from are leading a movement for healthy eating. When she was just sixteen years old, South African Claire Reid she invented a…

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Planting the Seeds of Female Empowerment

ICBA and SWFF Work to Close Agricultural Gender Gap in Egypt The women and families that make their living farming in deserts are no stranger to hardship. “In desert-based agricultural systems, climate change stress is…

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Sprouting Seeds: Students in Kenya Grow Their Own Healthy Lunches

Hydroponics Africa, a Nairobi company, is helping farmers, school children and families feed themselves with limited space and water. For students at the government-funded Moi Avenue Primary School nutritious meals — lunches filled with fruits…

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Ignitia Evaluation Available

SWFF-funded Columbia University’s IRI conducted an external review of Ignitia, a SWFF Rd. 3 innovator. The document – 2017 Evaluation of Ignitia Daily Rainfall Forecasts for Subscribers in West Africa – is now available in the resources section…

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Top 5 Trends in Agriculture 2018

The great boom of technology is having great impact on all industries and agriculture is no exception. This is the perfect opportunity to find solutions for new issues: the demand for a greater productivity, high…

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SWFF Impact and Lessons Learned

This post was written by Dr. Ku McMahan, SWFF Team Lead, and Dr. Donna Vincent Roa, SWFF TA Facility Chief of Party. Currently, more than 1.5 billion people live with water shortages for at least…

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The Good Fungus: An Unlikely Helper for Farmers Around the World

American scientists discovered a powerful fungus that helps plants survive extreme weather In the late 1990s, geneticist Regina Redman and microbiologist Russell Rodriguez went to Yellowstone National Park to research how life can survive in…

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Testing the Hypothesis: Does Technical Assistance Impact Scaling?

The overarching aim of the Securing Water for Food (SWFF) Grand Challenge is to make more water available for the food value chain and/or enabling the production of more food using less water. The program…

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