Nominee Nazmul Chowdhury, CNN Hero

Nazmul Chowdhury is a pioneer in food production in the monsoon plagued nation of Bangladesh, birthing an idea that has led to a healthier and substantially better off the population. His innovation is called “Pumpkins…

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Weather Forecasting: A Critical Element in the Planet’s Future

Most water is undrinkable—about 97% due to saline content—and another 2% is locked in icecaps and glaciers, leaving that measly percent for agriculture and human consumption. This is why conservation and finding silver bullet ways…

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An Environmental Pledge: First, Do No Harm. Helping Innovators to Innovate – Successfully

A Study of Two SWFF Innovator Programs There is a striking similarity between the pledge of an environmental official for USAID and the oft-quoted doctor’s oath: “First, do no harm.” This is the talisman vow…

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Turning Poop to Profit

Success in wastewater management in India is rarely without obstacles. In fact, it can be creatively compared to the arcade game of Whac-a-Mole, with one issue being solved while another crops up.  However, these can…

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Don’t Panic. The Sky Is Not Falling. But Stop Wasting Water says Expert

Beverly Dianne McIntyre says the answer to the planet’s climate problems won’t be found focusing on doom and gloom but on how we all can all make a difference.  She wants to be part of…

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Feeding A Growing Nation: It’s in Lal Teer’s DNA

Lal Teer Seed Ltd. wants to make sure Bangladesh’s population of 165 million is sufficiently fed. It is no small task for this socially-attuned family enterprise, but they welcome the challenge. They see giving back…

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Overcoming Sanitation Skepticism in India, A Question of Habit, Equality and Education

By Priska Prasetya From the outset, I warn you. Sanitation is not the most pleasant of topics, but it is a necessary one. India has a population of 1.3 billion people. It is estimated that…

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To Reduce Farmer Suicides India Needs More Efficient Irrigation

Over the last decade, one million poor farmers in India have committed suicide. One might reasonably ask what does this have to do with KS Gopal, who is in the water management business.  In Gopal’s…

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Good Grazing and Better Market Access Is the Key to Meat Naturally Success

It was a rather simple approach to an age-old issue of pasture degradation, but until a South African program called Meat Naturally came along, it apparently had never been considered. Instead of bringing cows long-distances to…

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The Three Demons In A Plant’s Life: AST Fights Drought, Salinity, and Temperature

The three super evils in the galaxy of plant development and the bane of every farmer who has ever put a hoe or tractor blade in the ground are drought, salinity, and temperature stress.  A…

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