JOY: from grassroots to organic revolution in southern India

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.

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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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“Free the Seed” Gives Farming back to the Farmer

Three multinationals account for over half of global seed sales: Monsanto, DuPont, and Syngenta. A collective of specialists from the US has modeled a food initiative after the concept of open-source computer programming in an attempt to bypass these mega-corporations and increase access to high-grade seeds for poor farmers across the globe.

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