Dragonfly Forecasts Rain? To See Is to Believe

It might be difficult for most city slickers to understand, but yes, a low flying dragonfly is a fairly accurate prognosticator of weather patterns, as is the straightness of a column of ants. Dr. Muthoni…

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Navigating Environmental Hurdles: SkyFox Steps Up To the Plate

When West African entrepreneur Dr. Oliver Ujah set out to kill two birds with one stone—provide both fish and irrigation—he didn’t realize all the environmental hurdles he would have to navigate. Now he knows, and,…

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How to Grow Food in Land People Think is Useless

For 27 years, Nazmul Islam Chowdhury has worked with the international agency Practical Action. During the course of his work, he came upon an innovative way to grow crops on sandbars left after Bangladesh’s monsoon…

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Where Tractors Don’t Work, An Ox is a Beautiful Animal

By Dr. Melesse Temesgen It might seem a little strange in a world of gigantic John Deere and Caterpillar tractors, but in my world, which is Ethiopia, I am partial to a big, strong animal,…

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Overcoming Adversity To Bring Measured Irrigation to Peru

By German Mori Arbulu What do you do when a major partner withdraws from a project just after it has been launched? Well, you don’t give up. There are always options on the old drawing…

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Nurturing My Corner of the World: How Indigenous Knowledge Combats Drought

By Dr. Muthoni Masinde We are fast out-growing our planet. By 2050, there will be nine billion of us, and we will only have sufficient year-around consumable water for a third of this number. One…

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Meeting Environmental Standards Worldwide: “Toto, We’re Not in Kansas Anymore”

For project innovators under the government-funded Securing Water for Food (SWFF) program, environmental regulations sometimes are a splash of cold water reality. It’s like the line from Wizard of Oz, says USAID/LAB contractor Dr. P.V….

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Fish Tanks Atop the Hill, With Water Flowing Below

The hilly area between the savannas and the desert is both starved for adequate water and the region needs yearly about 500,000 tons more fish. Fish is a staple of local diets, and there is…

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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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A Fruitful Answer for Bangladesh, Pumpkins Against Poverty

As Nazmul Islam Chowdhury walked along an eroding riverbank in Northwest Bangladesh 15 years ago, he pondered the livelihood of villagers who see their farmland disappearing each year. He cast his eyes on a barren…

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