The “Big Stomach”: Turning Waste to Energy

When Vianney Tumwesige sees a blue flame in the kitchen of a farmhouse in Uganda, he gets a little giddy. There’s a good chance the gas fire comes from one of his “big stomachs.” The…

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Young Team Develop Irrigation Solution Using Only the Force of Rivers and Streams

What does a team of young people—the oldest being 32-years-old—working in the Netherlands have in common with poor farmers in the shadows of the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal? Everything. They represent a future of clean energy,…

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Teach a Man or a Woman About Aquaponics, Feed Him or Her for a Lifetime

If you can raise guppies in an aquarium, you can produce whiskered catfish for dinner tables in poverty-stricken areas across Uganda. That was the “wild idea” Henry Mugisha Bazira, a water resources expert in Kampala,…

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In a Land Where Tractors Don’t Work, Ethiopian Engineer has a Low-Tech Solution

When thinking of farming, one might visualize gigantic tractor combines. But not Dr. Melesse Temesgen, an Ethiopian engineer, he sees a big, strong animal—oxen. “In Ethiopia, oxen are more in demand than tractors,” said Temesgen,…

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Changing Marketing Strategy Boosts Hydroponics Africa Results

Peter Chege determined early on in his marketing of Hydroponics Africa Limited in Kenya that one size doesn’t fit all when promoting an innovative business to aid farmers to grow crops efficiently. Initially, the agriculture…

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Si Tech is Working to Improve Agriculture. It’s a Slow, Winding Road for the 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 it is somewhat more complicated. Despite the fact that…

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Meeting a Food Crises with Crop Innovation and Helping the Rohingya Refugees Help Themselves

Nazmul Chowdhury is no stranger to the growing practice of disaster risk reduction, with much of the various crises calling for growing more food with less water. Working with the international NGO Practical Action, Chowdhury…

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Sound Environmental Design Equals Good Business

An environmentally sound program is good for business. These are words that could easily be plastered in bright neon on the side of the USAID building in Washington, DC. It’s a guiding philosophy of the…

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SWFF TA Facility Seeks 2019 Fall Semester Virtual Intern

Washington, DC — The Securing Water for Food (SWFF) Technical Assistance Facility, a global, government-funded incubator-accelerator that serves SWFF innovators, seeks candidates for its 2019 Fall Semester Virtual Internship, a position that provides a valuable,…

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SWFF Highlights Innovator Poverty, Gender, and Water Impact

Securing Water for Food has published three new documents that 1) detail SWFF’s specific support to innovators, and 2) feature select innovator achievements and successes (e.g., number of end-users reached, how many hectares of farmland…

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