A Man’s Dream: Feed Africa Through Hydroponics

In Kenya, strange-looking small pipes—some vertical, others horizontal—have leafy vegetables protruding from holes with trickles of water flowing through. This simple set-up has the potential to feed an urbanizing Africa and the rest of the…

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It’s a Big Assignment. Growing More Food With Less Water.

It is predicted by 2050 the earth will have more than nine billion inhabitants with only sufficient year-round good water for a third of that number. The SWFF program, backed by USAID, and the governments…

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Biplab and His Bhungroo Pipe—An Earthquake Results in Innovation

In Western India bordering Pakistan, there was once an earthquake that devastated the elevated water storage tanks, thereby affecting the water supply. Into this land came a man with a can-do philosophy named Biplab Ketan…

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The Yin and Yang of Securing Water for Food

In Confucianism, one might label the program Securing Water for Food (SWFF) yin and yang, a balance of opposing but complementary ideas for an increasingly thirsty world. That’s the guiding philosophy of a unique multi-government…

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Si Tech is Working to Improve Agriculture. It’s a Slow, Winding Road for New Technology.

Conventional wisdom suggests that if you build a better mousetrap, customers will beat a path to your door. Si Technologies, a Dutch agricultural company, has found that it is somewhat more complicated. They have a…

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SkyFox To Raise Capital Through IPO

SkyFox Ltd., a small capital markets initiative, sells Ghanaian farmers shares in fish production cooperatives to aid in increasing farm yields through nutrient irrigation and in feeding the population. Now the company is stepping up…

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It’s All About Results for USAID’s SWFF Chief

Dr. Ku McMahan, the mild-spoken leader of USAID’s innovative Securing Water for Food (SWFF) program, is hard-nosed when it comes to results. “If a project comes up short, we didn’t do our jobs,” he says….

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The Soil Whisperer of India. Innovation Mixed with Care.

You can call K.S. Gopal the soil whisperer, and you wouldn’t be exaggerating the influence of this career agricultural specialist, educator, and innovator in India. Gopal talks of the soil in near poetic terms. Over…

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Hydroponics Africa: Feeding the Malnourished In the Refugee Camps of Northern Kenya

There are more than 250,000 Somalian and Sudanese refugees crowded into the world’s third-largest camp for displaced people in a parched section of Northern Kenya which is known for its extreme climate. Many of these…

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What Happens When There’s Too Much Irrigation? Tech Entrepreneur in Vietnam Found the Answer

Over much of the world, farmers lack water to irrigate their crops. In the Central Highlands of Vietnam, farmers use too much water for irrigation. The need for efficiency was apparent to Nguyen Khac Minh…

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