How can water management be improved with remote sensing and cell phone data capture?
Agriculture, Poverty, and Hunger
I suggest finding cheaper ways to store crops and to transport fragile crops to markets (including perhaps re-usable transport containers).
Support web-based information platform to unleash power of US economic engagement in developing countries. Allow private giving to link to indigenous development initiatives through user controlled Google Earth information layers so that private and non-profit entities can drill down to the information they are most interested in and see what actors are already engaged, what activities are underway, and how might they ...more »
The research objective entails exploration of means and ways of developing tools for controlling pests that affect multiple countries and regions and cause significant damage to crops, pasture and other assets and thereby severely undermine food security and economic well-being of vulnerable communities and nations. The overarching goal of this research will be making emergency transboundary outbreak pests preventable ...more »
How can investments in meteorologic surveillance (with parntership from other USG technical agencies) be useful for food security (vis-a-vis water management)?
Set up a network of microfinance institutions, throught out, that only loan to small holder women farmers. Keep in mind that you should not force them to show proof of property ownership or have their spouse co-sign the loan. Criteria like that cause mass discrimination against women and increased levels of food insecurity.
How might we produce agricultural products that are less susceptible to spoilage (due to pests or temperature)?
How might we remediate and preserve soil to improve agricultural productivity?
How might we determine what investments are needed to study and improve photosynthetic efficiency of staple crops?
How might we focus research investments to promote increased nitrogen fixation in non-legume crops?
How might we grow rice in high saline or low water environments?
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 »