Intercepted Food Waste Feeds the Hungry

Established in 2013, The Real Junk Food Project is a network of cafes that diverts food waste and uses it to create delicious, healthy meals on a pay-as-you-feel model. Every day volunteers go out to intercept surplus food from supermarkets, food banks, allotments, wholesalers—wherever it can be found—and deliver it straight to those who need it.

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More Than Just a Community Garden

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.

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Are Refugee Camps Hotbeds of Innovation?

Syrians flooding into the Za’atari refugee camp have made it Jordan’s fourth largest city, with over 83,000 displaced residents. They are victims of the worst humanitarian disaster of our time and face an uncertain future as the civil war continues to drive more people from their homeland. While resources in the camp are often scarce, a new project from the Fab Foundation helps residents share experiences, learn new skills, and connect with a global network to tackle daily challenges.

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Burundian Fishers Hooked on Improved Fish Drying Technique

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.

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From Food Desert to Food Forest in South Central L.A.

Ron Finley lives in South Central Los Angeles, a place he says is a food desert, where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.” He founded L.A. Green Grounds, a grassroots volunteer group that brings people together to turn residential front lawns and vacant spaces into edible gardens that can be shared with the neighbourhood.

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Fish Farming Helps HIV-Affected Families in Liberia

Getting proper nutrition is very important for people with HIV, especially those who are taking anti-retroviral drugs. The drugs are very toxic and when patients don’t get enough to eat, they can become quite ill. The Grow2Feed Farm is the first cooperative fish farm in Liberia that focuses on serving the HIV-positive community. In one year, the farm can provide up to 200,000 fish to a community of about 1,200 people, most of whom are HIV-positive.

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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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