Agriculture, Poverty, and Hunger

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Really know how much food is produced in hungry countries

Better estimates of agricultural production in hungry countries are possible. Most of the food consumed in the most food insecure countries is produced inside them. Knowing how much food a country has produced is generally the first stage in identifying incipient food crises. In both good and bad years, key decisions (emergency food needs assessments, official or commercial import targets, pricing decisions, safety ...more »

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Collaboration!

Collaboration among government, funders and NGO's and cross sector organizations to solve community wide problems that were identified based on a community driven assessment that includes gps mapping and visuals, data and all perspectives at the table. Enough w/ the competive grant process that puts agencies against agencies and asks for long term problems to be solved in three years or less and piece meals the work! ...more »

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Improving workplace productivity and sustaining development gains

Technical training is an effective cross cutting tool that transfers new skills and knowledge to improve the performance of host country nationals in their workplace. While technical knowledge is essential, there is also a growing body of literature that discusses the increasing importance of soft skills. This is particularly relevant for fragile and post conflict countries where prolonged strife has led to a breakdown ...more »

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Blue Revolution

Invest in the $50 billion worldwide mariculture industry – the deliberate farming of ocean species that provides half the world’s edible seafood consumed each year – promises developing nations with vast coastlines the opportunity to participate in a new "Blue Revolution" to offset its reliance on agriculture. This can be equated to the earlier “Green Revolution” between 1965 and 1970 during which wheat yields nearly ...more »

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low tech, green technologies

USAID/Yemen sought support from the Regional Science & Technology Office in Amman for research into low cost, green technologies that we could incorporate into our Community Livelihoods Project. We are particularly interested in technologies we could realistically introduce to address energy and water issues in remote areas at the household and community level, e.g. solar desalinization.

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Biodiversity, Conservation, Climate Change, & Water

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Geospatial Mapping of Foodsheds and More

For emerging urban centers in developing countries to achieve a safe, secure and sustainable food supply in 2030 under conditions of climate change, they will increasingly rely on their own higher education systems in agriculture and related sciences to "scale-out" global scientific discovery and invention to adapt and adopt agricultural innovations appropriate for their foodsheds, watersheds and energysheds. Cornell ...more »

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Health, Nutrition, and Population

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Stop shoplifting of medical equipment

Medical equipment and supplies "walk away" from health care facilities and are resold on the private market. Can we embed RFID tags on them/in them to prevent theft, like in retail stores in the U.S.? The tags would have to survive autoclaves for some equipment, and the sensors would have to work even with power interruptions. Could also work for critical assets in other sectors, or even give real-time info on when ...more »

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Disaster Intervention with Bag Digesters

Early in the Haiti emergency intervention there were large numbers of IDP’s in camps. The WASH cluster set a goal of building 11,000 latrines with an initial goal of one latrine for every 100 people. However, there were not enough pump trucks in country to properly maintain the latrines, nor was – or is – there a satisfactory method to dispose of the sludge when the latrines are cleaned. Large bag digesters can help ...more »

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ICT Resources for Capacity Development

How can we better utilize information and communication technologies to make capacity development activities sustainable? Follow-up always seems to be lacking, especially in participant training programs and other capacity development efforts. Can persistent, accessible ICT resources allow for greater sustainability of program efforts by ensuring the integration and actual usage of newly acquired knowledge and skills? ...more »

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