The Mobile-Controlled Greenhouse Modernizing Kenyan Farms

Over 70% of Sub-Saharan Africans work in agriculture, but the sector is faced with challenges such as a heavy reliance on rain, and outdated farming technologies. But two Kenyan university students have a new idea: what if they could build greenhouses to protect crops, and irrigate only when needed using SMS?

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Grassroots Approach Helps Kenyan Dairy Groups Double Milk Production

Dairy production is a vibrant sector in Kenya that contributes to 4% of GDP annually. Many dairy producers in Kenya are smallholder farmers who own only a few cows, and the milk sold from these cows is often the main source of cash income available to a family. As demand for dairy products increases, farmers need to acquire knowledge in more efficient and more adaptive production techniques. A researcher from PEI is teaching dairy groups in Kenya those new techniques.

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Mapping the Crisis in Ukraine

Keeping up with the rapidly changing conflict in Ukraine can be difficult. International agencies and citizen journalists alike are exploring the potential uses of crisis mapping platforms to track infrastructure damage, monitor incidents and navigate the conflict zone. However, when using these tools it is important to think critically about what information they are based on and why.

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Beekeeping and Global Development

  Bees have been domesticated for thousands of years in one fashion or other. Their honey provides us with a bounty of nutrients and sugars that are hard to find in such abundance elsewhere in nature. Their service as pollinators is one of the most beneficial contributions that any species makes to the survival of the human race. These assets …

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Tablet-Based Learning for Somali Refugees

Education is the fundamental right of every child and key to combating cyclical poverty. But, in most emergency relief environments, limited financial resources and shortages of qualified teachers make the provision of quality education incredibly difficult. This challenge is especially acute in Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp located 100 kilometres from the Somali border in eastern Kenya. Here, over half of the population is under the age of 18 and school enrollment rates remain alarmingly low.

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Boys Health Education: Advancing Sexual Knowledge, Respect and Consent

Femme International, a small NGO that began working in Kenya less than two years ago, is one of few international organizations that focuses primarily on menstrual health and hygiene education for young women. They are now expanding to create a Boys Health Education program that teaches about sexually transmitted infections, proper male hygiene practices, male anatomy, and the importance of consent and building healthy, respectful relationships.

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