Chicken Production Takes Flight in Haiti

International Sustainable Community Assistance (ISCA) has been working on a pilot poultry production project in Haiti. Working with a local organization called Productive Cooperatives Haiti (PCH), they have provided initial start-up resources to local farmers in a community called Zoranger, and helped them to begin producing poultry for market.

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Volunteer Farmer Trainers Transform Lives in East Africa

Agriculture is a major source of employment in developing countries, but farmers in those countries often must contend with the challenge of accessing the education they need to improve their livelihoods. The East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) project aims to address this problem by introducing volunteer farmer trainers (VFTs) in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda.

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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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The Cooperative Model Builds Capacity and Community in Haiti

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.

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Under the Sea-Water Greenhouses

Saltwater is converted into freshwater in these greenhouses that provide a mermaid-approved alternative to desalination. The plants grow faster and yield more, and the areas surrounding the greenhouses benefit from the extra moisture in the air. Currently found in such areas as Tenerife, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Oman, and Australia, the greenhouses use an evaporator and “prevailing winds” to distribute humid, freshwater air to plants for absorption.

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Improving African Food Security with the Irish Potato

Although potatoes are an important crop in Ireland, they have historically not been widely cultivated in Africa, and have often not been included in food security discussions. However, the potato provides high nutrition and is adaptive to many climates. The Potato Centre of Excellence is dedicated to developing, sharing, and scaling best practices to maximize the potential benefit that potatoes can have for rural farming communities across Africa.

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An Urban Jungle Yields Fruit in Haiti

In many developing countries, agricultural production is a major source of both employment and sustenance. In a country with poor infrastructure such as Haiti, it is often difficult for urban populations to gain access to the fresh food produced outside of the city. One organization has decided to turn the issue on its head: why not grow the food right in the city instead of transporting it?

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Working for Peanuts – Agricultural innovations for small-scale farmers

In many underdeveloped nations, the primary form of income generation is agriculture. Often a lack of resources means that the physical labour required is highly intensive and sometimes inefficient. Large mechanical tools are expensive and may not be practical or available – but they’re not the only options. The Full Belly Project offers simple agriculture inventions as a solution.

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Refutrees: Putting the roots in grassroots

Refugee communities, those facing both long and short-term displacement, are often reliant on donor resources for survival. Palestinian refugees, who number in the millions, have been displaced for decades. Multiple generations live in refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, the West Bank, Syria and the Gaza Strip, environments that often provide limited opportunities for resource and economic sovereignty. To address this, …

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Super Bananas to the Rescue!

Australian professor, James Dale, has developed a genetically-modified ‘super banana’ reportedly capable of providing ten times the vitamin A potential of an average banana. The controversial super banana is targeted at Uganda where blindness, bodily infections and fatalities often result from widespread vitamin A deficiency.

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