SWFF Innovator Muthoni Masinde Featured in Series “When Women Do Better, Countries Do Better”

Professor Muthoni Masinde, the developer of the drought protection tool, was recently featured in USAID’s series on extraordinary women entrepreneurs, When Women Do Better, Countries Do Better.  As a female scientist and entrepreneur, Dr. Masinde has…

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Assessing the Impact of Iska SMS on Agriculture in Ghana

Written by Rebeka Ramangamihanta I spent my summer as an M&E Field Evaluator for Securing Water for Food (SWFF). SWFF is a Grand Challenge for Development initiative that sources and accelerates innovations that will enable…

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10 Billion Liters of Water Saved: SWFF Releases 2017 Annual Report

Securing Water for Food (SWFF) released its 2017 Annual Report, highlighting the program’s successes in the last year and opportunities for growth. It documents SWFF innovators’ impact to date, major program activities and achievements, innovators’…

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Incorporating Ants, Animals, and Technology for Accurate Drought Prediction

SWFF innovator Professor Muthoni Masinde grew up in a remote village in Kenya where her parents were smallholder farmers, and she witnessed first hand the struggles local farmers had in predicting the weather. Most smallholder…

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Vietnam’s Homegrown System for Saving Water

A young man returned home to invent an internet-integrated system that helps farmers produce more food with less water. Tri Nguyen, CEO of MimosaTEK, was born and raised in Dalat, a city in the Central…

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SWFF Team Travelled To Africa To Engage Innovators in Kampala, Jinja, and Mbarara

The SWFF Program Team lead, SWFF TA Facility deputy program coordinator, and other USAID representatives traveled to Kampala, Jinja, and Hoima to meet with innovators in Uganda, including Aquaponics and Green Heat. “SWFF site visits…

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The Database That’s Fighting Drought

One computer scientist is combining traditional farming techniques with weather data to help farming families in Kenya. Long before Prof. Muthoni Masinde became an Associate Professor and Head of the IT Department at Central University…

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SWFF Announces Winners of Water-Ag Global Photo Contest

WASHINGTON (October 5, 2017) – Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development today announced the winners of the Global Water-Agriculture Photo Contest, a competition established to call attention to water scarcity, water security,…

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Beyond Rice in Cambodia

Project Alba is partnering with small farmers to grow high-value vegetables that meet growing demand — and transforming their lives in the process. From the fishing villages lining the Gulf of Thailand to the lush…

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SWFF Announces Global Water-Agriculture Photo Contest

WASHINGTON (September 12, 2017) – Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development launches on September 13, 2017 the Global Water-Agriculture Photo Contest and invites photographers to submit photos calling attention to water scarcity,…

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