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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Water Governance Institute Promotes Economic Inclusion for Refugees

There are about 1.4 million refugees in Uganda, most of whom are from nearby countries who have fled political conflicts. Henry Mugisha, with Water Governance Institute (WGI), believes he has part of the answer to…

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High Tech Farming Comes to Mozambique

The “Old McDonald had a farm e-i-e-i-o” refrain in the classic children’s song is slightly outdated. Today, along with farm animals, one might add a drone to the menagerie. For example, in the southeastern African…

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Feed Africa Through Hydroponics: A Man’s Dream

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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It’s a Big Assignment. Growing More Food With Less Water.

It is predicted by 2050 the earth will have more than nine billion inhabitants with only sufficient year-round good water for a third of that number. The SWFF program, backed by USAID, and the governments…

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