This is the mobile phone component of an Ag Risk Management idea. Without insurance, poor small holder farmers must take a low-risk, low return strategy to their selection of crops and related inputs. With insurance, these same farmers are able to take risks – making investments up front in the right seeds and fertilizer to increase their crop yields, hence earning dramatically more to pay for food and school and medical ...more »
Although development agencies have invested funds in cookstove projects for decades, they have not yet found the right combination of technology, finance, and behavior change necessary to encourage large-scale fuel switching or sustained uptake of more efficient wood-burning stoves. More than 2.5 billion people around the world prepare their food on open fireplaces fuelled by firewood, plant residues and charcoal and ...more »
Investigate methods to create low cost, low maintenance roads particularly suited for farm to market applications, particularly when employing waste products, i.e. waste rice hulls, mining tailings, etc.
Ensure bacteriological, physical, and chemical water quality through local systems that are low cost, reliable, and easily maintained - While this is a last line of defense, in most of the developing world it is going to be extremely difficult if not impossible to deliver safe drinking water- there are simply too many things that can go wrong from source contamination through to contamination in distribution systems to ...more »
Adapt the winners of DOE’s solar decathlon (held annually on the National Mall) to create low cost effective solar-based housing for developing countries with sufficient insolation.