Over 70% of Sub-Saharan Africans work in agriculture, but the sector is faced with challenges such as a heavy reliance on rain, and outdated farming technologies. But two Kenyan university students have a new idea: what if they could build greenhouses to protect crops, and irrigate only when needed using SMS?
Tractors are too expensive for small-holder farmers in India and draft animals are becoming increasingly difficult to feed in drought-prone areas. A farmer in the Indian state of Gujarat has come up with an innovative solution.
India is the world leader in milk production, producing about 91 million tonnes of milk per year. However, Indian milk producers are not realizing their full production potential because they cannot provide adequate nutrition for their cattle. Now, an engineer has created a low-cost feed to help them increase their productivity and their incomes.
Developed by Jack Ng, Sky Greens is the world’s first low carbon, hydraulic-driven vertical farm. With large and dense urban centers increasingly distanced from their sources of food, this may be the future of produce.
Wild bees and managed honeybee populations are decreasing at alarming rates. ByBi is creating the first ever “bee highway” throughout Norway’s capital. The project seeks to offer bees a bee friendly route through the city. It will feature bee feeding and nesting stations.
The Green and Gold Community Garden initiative is a creative revamping of the community garden model. It tackles issues of food sovereignty, human rights, HIV/ AIDS and trauma counseling, and gender equality through its meaningful partnership with the Tubahumurize Association in Rwanda.
Potato Park, located in the Cusco region of Peru, is one of the world’s few biological reserves operated by local indigenous populations. It proves that, with the aid of science, mixing old knowledge with new technology can be a successful recipe for protecting crops against climate change.
Indian start-up Science for Society has developed a solar conduction dryer that aims to reduce costs associated with food-processing. While conventional dryers rely on electricity to dehydrate various crops and marine products, this innovation operates sans electricity, thereby increasing efficiency and reducing costs for farmers. The innovation is aimed at increasing incomes for small-hold farmers in India and, ultimately, across the global South.
What would it take to revitalize depleted soil in an area the size of Nebraska while also economically empowering low-income populations and women? Governments often turn to investment in chemicals and infrastructure as the obvious approach. But at the grassroots level in Karnataka, India, it’s all being accomplished with worms, women, a few low-cost tablets and cartloads of manure.