In 2013, there were approximately 334 natural disasters around the world, resulting in more than 100,000 related deaths. Disasters of this kind result in breakdowns in the supply chain when affected countries most badly need access to goods and services. Field Ready is trying to transform emergency relief by 3D printing supplies locally instead of relying on insufficient supply chains.
Over 10 million people have been refugees for more than five years, and the average length of exile is almost 20 years. This means that refugees are not being reintegrated but are becoming trapped in a cycle that does not allow them to return to their native countries or make a home in a new one. A new study from Oxford University and the Humanitarian Innovation Project (HIP) has analyzed existing approaches for assisting refugees. They came up with recommendations for a new way of thinking about refugees and their needs.
Food insecurity in northern communities is a familiar theme in Canadian news reports. A combination of low income, high food prices, and changes in traditional food production and food economies are resulting in hunger and poor nutrition. Yukon College is aiming to make a change with a dome that allows for year-round food production in any climate.
Africa has recently been hailed as an emerging market to watch, but challenges such as the high cost of capital, lack of business skills, and general instability keep innovative start-ups from getting off the ground. The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme aims to foster a new generation of African entrepreneurs by investing $100 million to support 10,000 start-ups over the next 10 years.
In Burundi, fishing is a major source of livelihood for many people living near Lake Tanganyika, but unhygienic preservation methods have led to harvest loss, poor quality fish for consumption, and decreased incomes. The FAO and the Burundi Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture have introduced a simple new fish drying technique that is sustainable, reduces waste, and improves the livelihoods of farmers along the shores of Lake Tanganyika.
Women in Palestine face serious challenges to gender equality, and many fear rape, domestic violence, economic uncertainty, and discrimination. The Ma’an Network, an independent, non-profit media organization, is aiming to address these issues by airing television programs that teach the general public, raise awareness about violence against women, and create behaviour change.
Approximately 40 million tonnes of electronic waste is generated globally each year, and due to the high cost of proper disposal, much of it ends up in landfills. Printer cartridges, like other electronic waste, do not break down easily and the leftover ink contains dangerous substances that can pollute the environment and cause health problems.
Every minute around the world, a woman dies from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth, and 70% of these deaths occur in developing countries. Uganda has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, with less than 40% of expectant mothers gaining access to prenatal care.