The Poop on Poop in India

By Priska Prasetya Uncomfortable though it might be to consider, poop—a generally accepted English word for a plentiful natural resource—can stimulate endless opportunities around the world for farmers.  Every individual on the planet—some more or…

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The Other Shark Tank: Securing Water for Food

Three decades ago, the World Wide Web was introduced, Taylor Smith was born, and the Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize. Only three decades from now, in the flutter of an eyelid, nine billion…

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The Battle Against Salt: Lal Teer On Front Line in Bangladesh

If you ask Tajwar Awal, a director at the Lal Teer Seed Limited in Bangladesh, he will tell you one of the most crucial problems facing world food production is the prevalence of salt. That’s…

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Bangladeshi Activist and NGO Practical Action Recognized for Poverty Fighting

If there were an award for collecting awards, there is a good chance Nazmul Chowdhury’s name would be affixed to the golden statue, a tribute to him and the poverty-fighting NGO Practical Action.  But the…

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In Agriculture, Innovate or Stagnate: Kenyan Entrepreneur Chooses Innovation

In modern agriculture, you innovate or stagnate. That’s why Peter Chege, CEO of Hydroponics Kenya, quickly picked up on new technology when he visited the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) in Abu Dhabi…

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Claire Reid’s Reel Gardening Innovation: Time to Take a Step Back

Claire Reid, who dreamed up the idea that became Reel Gardening as a 16-year-old school girl in South Africa, has an attribute that many entrepreneurs never acquire—knowing when to step back. What’s this CEO and…

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The Bhungroo Leads the Way: Moving a Family from Poverty

This is the story of an elderly woman suspicious of innovation. She felt her three acres of land in India was destined to be flooded and water-logged, and it was impossible to have even a…

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High Tech Farming Comes to Mozambique

The “Old McDonald had a farm e-i-e-i-o” refrain in the classic children’s song is slightly outdated. Today, along with farm animals, one might add a drone to the menagerie. For example, in the southeastern African country…

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Seeds: The New Frontier

Scientists are pushing the envelope in one of the most exciting frontiers in agriculture today—that of seed manipulation and protection to grow more and healthier crops. We’re not talking genetically modified production but natural bioscience seeds…

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Overcoming Sanitation Skepticism with Circular Economy in Sanitation for Indian Agriculture

India has a population of 1. 3 billion people. It is estimated that a half billion of that number will conduct their daily constitutional —defecate—into streams and fields and not toilets.  Open defecation has been…

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