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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USAID’s WE4F Maps Investment in East Africa and West Africa

It was, by any measure, a challenging task to map the investment possibilities for a program that hopes to gain more private capital to sustain and scale enterprises in East Africa and West Africa. Thomas Flahive,…

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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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