Mobile Rapid Diagnostic Testing: Helping Farmers Protect Crops, People in East Africa

Farming in the Global South has always been a delicate task. A lack of modern farming tools and methods and a susceptibility to floods or droughts makes farming a precarious task that often results in low crop yields. Crops can fall victim to poison-inducing fungi which, when untreated, can cause severe illness in those who consume them. One of the …

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Connecting Small Farmers to Big Markets in Mali

In 2005, Tree Aid and Sahel Eco collaborated to address market-access issues confronting Malian farmers through the Mali Shea Tulu project. As Mali is one of the largest countries in Africa, farmers and producers are often located far from commercial centers. This logistical challenge limits producers’ ability to identify buyers for their products and often makes them reliant upon local …

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Tackling Reforestation Challenges at the Root

Desertification is the process by which soil degrades through losing water or its ability to hold water, which turns it into dust and sand. This process has been occurring throughout the world at different paces and for different reasons. Poor farming practices and over use of land is a common cause of desertification. Another is the deforestation of large swathes …

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Biochar: An Old Technology with New Applications

The International Biochar Initiative is an international non-profit that seeks to promote the use of biochar, a solid material made from the carbonization of biomass, through research, commercial endeavours, policy,development workers, and farmers. There are a number of benefits of biochar that make it an innovative asset in a wide range of regions. As a natural soil enhancer, biochar effectively …

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Improving Farming through Radio Waves

Farm Radio International has been using radio signals to communicate information on lifesaving practices and programs for communities across Africa. Their programs discuss matters such as maternal health, nutrition, and agriculture. They have recently partnered with the African Farm Radio Research Initiative (AFRRI) and World University Service Canada to evaluate the results of one of their unique programs. The radio …

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Turning Peru’s Fog into Usable Water

  German-based NGO Alimon has developed fog collectors in Peru to help communities in arid climates capture much needed water. They do so by erecting specially made screens on fog prone hill-tops that absorb the moisture into water droplets that are then funneled into water tanks. This is a common technique among certain plants. Project “Green Desert” has been implemented …

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A Project that Fights Disease and Improves Livelihoods

Project Crevette is taking a unique approach to combat the high prevalence of schistosomiasis along the Senegal River. Schistosomiasis is a water parasite that burrows into human skin and causes infections in several organs and eventual organ failure. The parasites require snails to serve as intermediary hosts as they mature. This is where Project Crevette is directing their intervention. They are creating prawn hatcheries in select …

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Growing Vegetables on Lakes and Rivers

Professor Ricardo Radulovich of the University of Costa Rica has been working on techniques for growing vegetables on rafts and flotation devices. Over the past decade he and his team have developed several techniques for growing lettuce, tomato, cucumber and cantaloupe melons, among others. Some of the plant roots are allowed to drag through the water while others are reliant upon cotton …

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