Water Research Expert Dr. Joseph-Sunil Helps Manage Water Innovations in South Africa

South Africa ranks among the top 30 driest countries in the world, with half the water in the country’s rivers and dams coming from only eight percent of the water source areas. It’s unlikely that anyone…

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The Global Shark Tank

By Dr. Ku McMahan, Team Lead, Securing Water for Food I think there are hundreds of Shark Tank-style investors around the globe with a social conscience, an eye toward a fair profit, and the ability…

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Women Empowered and Yields Increased Finds Researcher – Evaluator for SWFF

When poet Robert Frost wrote of taking the “road less traveled,” he was being figurative. But when Pooja Gupta traveled those muddy, winding roads uphill in India, it was a very literal mission. As a researcher…

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Young Evaluator Assesses Seed Innovation in Rural India

Robert Nylander had never visited India. He had never sat at an Indian farmer’s table or slept at the farmer’s home. He had never experienced monsoons or navigated over flooded roads. He has now –…

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Gender Equality: A Significant SWFF Accomplishment

A significant accomplishment of the Securing Water for Food (SWFF) Program, a worldwide effort of several government funding agencies, is improving women’s integration into agriculture in some countries. This is particularly true in India, Bangladesh,…

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Pivot to Survive: Lessons of an Ethiopian Engineer

It is not a stretch to suggest Melesse Temesgen – an Ethiopian engineer who invents more efficient plows – is the John Deere of Ethiopia. We’re not talking huge combines, but simple plows. Deere, of…

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World Problems: Our Youth is Answering the Call

The world has a lot of problems. But Dr. Ku McMahan believes the solutions are held in the minds and hands of the world’s youth who have the energy, ingenuity, and connectivity to move mountains….

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New USAID Program Emphasizes Private Sector Investment

The ultimate goal, according to an architect of an innovative USAID initiative, is for the agency to “work itself out of a job” when it comes to helping fund enterprises in poor, developing markets. This,…

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SWFF Seed Money Aids Desalination Breakthrough

Innovation is a long game. In 2014, Dr. Amos Winter’s team at MIT entered the USAID/BRM Desal Prize—a competition to develop a desalination product for aiding farmers plagued by brackish water in many developing countries….

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Impact Investing Expert Kohler Helps Innovators Overcome Challenges

John Kohler is a recognized expert in impact investing and venture capital, but an experimental program targeting innovators in emerging markets six years ago posed a challenge.  It was also a rewarding experience.  The program…

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