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 travled to Kampala, Jinja, and Hoima to meet with innovators in Uganda, including Aquaponics and Green Heat.

“SWFF site visits allow the program to get a better understanding of innovators’ activities and provide more in-depth advice that can accelerate their path towards progression,” SWFF Program Team Lead Dr. Ku McMahon said.

In addition to meeting with the innovators, Ku and the SWFF team talked with local farmers and technicians to get feedback and confirm innovator-submitted data over the course of the week.

“SWFF site visits allow the program to…provide more in-depth advice that can accelerate their path towards progression.”

Each innovator serves as a pioneer, impacting the amount of water used in poor countries through cutting edge technologies and business models. Water Governance Institute’s aquaponics program serves to eliminate nutrient deficiencies through a tray cultivation system. This technology creates a bridge between crop and fish production, allowing for optimal food output with less water.

The Green Heat program cuts down on water use by implementing a waste-separation system that creates fertilizer. SWFF travel plays a key part in both organizations’ success through offering the innovators in person support and guidance.

Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development helps farmers around the world grow more food using less water, enhance water storage, and improve the use of saline water and soil to produce food by ensuring that the entrepreneurs get the support they need to apply and expand their solutions around the world.

To learn more about Securing Water for Food, as well as access a list of our innovators, visit www.securingwaterforfood.org/innovators