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    VetAfrica app helps rural and remote farmers diagnose cattle

    A new phone app called VetAfrica, developed by Cojengo, allows remote farmers in East Africa to access information on livestock illnesses without waiting for a vet to visit. Crowd-sourced and expert information is available anywhere there is a connection to the internet, which helps farmers diagnose and care for their cattle.

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Can Trash Fuel British Airways?

Can Trash Fuel British Airways?

August 31st, 2014

. By Maureen Littlejohn

Sector: Environment

According to the Air Transport Action Group, the commercial aviation industry wants to achieve carbon-neutral growth by 2020. Trash could be the solution.  With the number of flights increasing around the world daily, is this pie-in-the-sky thinking? Not according to British Airways and Solena Fuels, who are working together on the GreenSky Project.In a former oil refinery outside of London, a... (more)

Tags: air travel,biofuel,British Airways,fuel,garbage,Recycling

The Life Saving Filtration Alternative

The Life Saving Filtration Alternative

August 29th, 2014

. By Calondra Mainhart

Sector: Emergency Relief,Water & Sanitation

Originally designed for industrial use, Michael Pritchard's Lifesaver bottle filters dirty water into clean, sterile drinking water. He says some humanitarian groups are resistant to giving up more traditional forms of filtration, but is confidant that Lifesaver Systems is the future of filtration.Imagine being surrounded by water and unable to safely consume it. This problem is not just experienced by people... (more)

Tags: British Red Cross,clean water,filtration,hand filtration,Lifesaver Systems,OXFAM,Save the Children,UKaid

Clean Water at the Swipe of a Card

Clean Water at the Swipe of a Card

August 28th, 2014

. By Lindsay Purchase

Sector: Inventions,Water & Sanitation

Clean water in both rural and urban areas across India can be hard to come by. Lack of access creates troubling sanitation conditions and reliance on unsafe water sources contributes to the prevalence of water-borne illness. For instance, one source finds that 1,600 people die daily in India due to diarrhea. The burden of collecting water falls disproportionately on women... (more)

Tags: clean water,India,South Asia,Water,water treatment

The Cooperative Model Builds Capacity and Community in Haiti

The Cooperative Model Builds Capacity and Community in Haiti

August 27th, 2014

. By Valerie Busch

Sector: Agriculture,Education,Livelihoods

Since 2010, more than 1,300 cooperative farmers in southwest Haiti have been defining what participatory development means, and are transforming their community on their own terms. With support from Crossroads (CCCI) and Productive Cooperatives Haiti (PCH), Coopérative des Planteurs de Gorgette was established in the community of Duchity four years ago. The members of this new cooperative had experienced sharp... (more)

Tags: Agriculture,capacity,community,cooperative,Haiti,participatory development,vegetables

Pitch in for Clean Water in Kenya

Pitch in for Clean Water in Kenya

August 26th, 2014

. By Courtney Mollenhauer

Sector: Education,Health,Water & Sanitation

Water is at the heart of many of today’s global development challenges. One in nine people lack access to an improved water source, of which nearly half are concentrated in Africa. The implications of this include poor health, sanitation and hygiene, and consequently, the spread of preventable diseases. U.S social enterprise, PITCHAfrica, has found an innovative way to address this... (more)

Tags: Africa,clean water,Education,environment,health,Kenya,PITCHAfrica,rainwater harvesting

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