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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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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India Paves the Way with Plastic — But will it work?

The OECD estimates that upwards of 40% of municipal waste in India is simply not collected. Over the years, scientists and regional and municipal governments in the country have been collaborating on how to reduce the amount of non-biodegradable waste that blankets the country. This project is modeled after smaller-scale road paving initiatives that occurred in New Delhi and Bangalore …

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Fighting Corruption in India with the Development Pact

  India is positioned to become a geopolitical leader in the coming years. As the most populous democracy in the world, its elections are the grandest experiments in participatory government, with the 2014 election easily ranking as the biggest election in human history. However, these feats of governmental organization are often overshadowed by problems of governance. Corruption is one of the …

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Turning Sewage into Car Fuel: Biogas Buses in India

The Delhi government is currently working to set up a biogas plant inside Kesopur Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), with the end goal of producing enough compressed biogas (CBG) to fuel 120 of the city’s buses daily. India’s Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has collaborated with the Swedish government on this project. After the renovation of the plant, the …

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Reinventing the Wheel: India’s New Water Collection Device

  In the state of Rajasthan in northwestern India, women spend an average of six hours per day collecting water. This statistic is mirrored in countries throughout the Global South where women and girls disproportionately bear the time and physical constraints of water collection. In response, U.S. social venture Wello has developed a device known as the WaterWheel. The WaterWheel …

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More Crop per Drop: India’s Micro-Nutrient Solution

Rain-fed agriculture accounts for over 80% of the world’s farm area and generates about 60% of the world’s staple food supply. It also supports the livelihoods of about 80% of the world’s population. Related to this, 95% of the world’s poor live in the Global South and the bulk of those people rely on subsistence agriculture for survival. Climate change …

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