November 10, 2014

Big Ideas and Emerging Innovations

A farmer picks coffee bean cherries on the outskirts of Kigali. REUTERS/Hereward Holland

Rwanda Farmer Test May Prove Value of Climate Forecasts
An experiment in Rwanda is testing whether farming communities are more likely to adapt their agricultural practices to cope with climate change if the government provides timely weather forecasts. The Tracking Adaptation and Measuring Development framework will show whether providing this information will curb crop and livestock losses.

'Foodini' Machine Lets You Print Edible Burgers, Pizza, Chocolate
As further proof that you can now 3D-print anything, a company called Natural Machines has introduced a 3D printer for food. Currently, the device only prints the food, which must then be cooked as usual. But a future model will also cook the preparation and produce it ready to eat.
PCD Receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for Groundbreaking Research in Global Health and Development
With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Partnership for Child Development is pursuing an innovative research project titled, ‘Using Mobile Phones for Transparent School Feeding Tendering.’ The project will develop a software platform, using tools like mobile phones, to improve market information within Kenya’s Home Grown School Meals program.
A Non-GMO Way to Get More, Tastier Tomatoes
Researchers have developed tools that make it easier for plant breeders to find plants with the optimal version of the two proteins for a particular variety of tomato. The technique doesn't involve inserting genes, as with GMOs, but rather, selecting desired genes in tomatoes.


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End Poverty in South Asia, World Bank

Global Development Blog, Center for Global Development

The Global Food Banking Network

Harvest 2050, Global Harvest Initiative

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International Food Policy Research Institute News, IFPRI

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center Blog, CIMMYT

ONE Blog, ONE Campaign

One Acre Fund Blog, One Acre Fund

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Oxfam America Blog, Oxfam America

Preventing Postharvest Loss, ADM Institute

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WFP USA Blog, World Food Program USA