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High Tech Farms

The Intelligent Optimist   
August 19th, 2013

High Tech Farms

Farming has become a huge problem in the United States. With less than 1% of the population identifying themselves as farmers, it becomes necessary to find innovative solutions. Eric Maundu, founder of Kijani Grows, believes he’s found a solution through alternative farming and educating the next generation.

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How Two Plant Geeks Grew A ‘Paradise’ In A Blighted Backyard

YES! Magazine   
June 25th, 2013

How Two Plant Geeks Grew A ‘Paradise’ In A Blighted Backyard

In Holyoke, Massachusetts, two friends decided to turn their front yard into more than just a lawn. The two highlight the ingenuity any individual can have in having a healthier and cheaper diet while making use of commonly disregarded land.

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Transforming Solar Pumping To Eliminate Rural Poverty

Global Envision   
June 5th, 2013

Transforming Solar Pumping To Eliminate Rural Poverty

Currently, there is vicious cycle of poverty in developing countries that originates with agriculture. The present practice of irrigating crops by the mass majority of poor farmers is extremely ineffective. The SunWater project combines efficiency, affordability, and sustainability for poor farmers who desperately want to eliminate this cycle of hardship.

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A Hyperrealistic Farmville To Train The World’s Farmers

Co.Exist   
May 30th, 2013

A Hyperrealistic Farmville To Train The World’s Farmers

Maintaining a farm isn’t easy and requires a lot of knowledge in order to factor in the endless variables. As a result, Farm Defenders, a simulation game funded by the Gates Foundation, aims to interactively teach government officials on the Do’s and Don’t's of farming who can then relay it to farmers in their respective nations.

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One Woman’s Heroic Efforts To Restore More Than Just Rwanda’s Forests

allAfrica   
April 15th, 2013

One Woman’s Heroic Efforts To Restore More Than Just Rwanda’s Forests

After the Rwandan genocide, Rose Mukankomeje took the initiative to bring people together to protect their natural resources and, in the process, restore communities devastated by conflict.

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In Search Of Food And Peace In South Sudan

Think Africa Press   
July 16th, 2013

In Search Of Food And Peace In South Sudan

South Sudan is a young nation stricken with poverty and crime. The overwhelming consensus is that the only way to overcome this is through farming and reconciliation. United Nations and organizations like the Catholic Relief Services are working with locals on establishing that much needed dialogue to create unity in the struggling African country.

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Interview: Helping Coffee Farmers Turns Competitors Into Colleagues

Co.EXIST   
June 17th, 2013

Interview: Helping Coffee Farmers Turns Competitors Into Colleagues

Coffee farmers are from well-off. They struggle constantly to make ends meet. Luckily, the Coffeelands Food Security Coalition is using their collective influence to help change that situation and provide more opportunities to coffee farmers.

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Nigeria: Lowering Pesticide Exposure Risk With Mobile Phones

allAfrica   
June 4th, 2013

Nigeria: Lowering Pesticide Exposure Risk With Mobile Phones

In Nigeria, education in the usage of pesticides is virtually non-existent. John Gushit, a researcher from the University of Jos, personally experienced the dangers of pesticide misuse and decided to teach farmers how to reduce exposure through the use of a common cell phone.

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A Simple, Elegant Stove To Make Cooking Safer In Africa

Co.EXIST   
May 7th, 2013

A Simple, Elegant Stove To Make Cooking Safer In Africa

A new start up called The Baker Stove is on the quest to provide people with a an affordable cooking method that is safer and more efficient that previous strategies and stove models.

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The Struggle To Reclaim Paradise

WAGING NONVIOLENCE   
April 11th, 2013

The Struggle To Reclaim Paradise

Monsanto has a long history of making chemicals that devastate environments. In Hawaii, community members are protesting against these practices, and fighting to preserve their land.

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