February 9, 2015

Big Ideas and Emerging Innovations

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Enabling Subsistence Agriculture through Small Dams
Large agricultural development programs in Africa usually target commercial agriculture, which enables the export market. But what of the small scale farmers who depend on subsistence agriculture? Sustainable subsistence appears to be unachievable without reliable access to water. One of the ways in which communities can gain reliable access to water is through the construction of small dams and related water conservation technologies.
 
Food-X: An Accelerator to Grow the Food Movement
Tech business accelerators are sprouting up everywhere. In return for several months of mentorship, education, and access, many fledging companies are willing to trade a percentage of their equity for a quick infusion of cash from venture funders. And, given the explosive interest in food and farming, it should come as no surprise that some investors have finally applied the accelerator model to how and what we eat. Enter Food-X, which is on a mission to create change throughout the food system.
 
How Unboiled Eggs Could Help Fight Food Waste
A group of researchers recently figured out how take an egg from a fresh to a boiled back to an unboiled state. Unboiling the egg essentially means refolding the proteins into their original shape. And that's a big deal for science – it's estimated the pharmaceutical, environmental and food industries, among others could save $160 billion a year by refolding tangled proteins.

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Blogroll

1,000 Days Blog, 1,000 Days

Africa Can End Poverty, World Bank

Agrilinks Blog

Bread Blog, Bread for the World

Can We Feed the World Blog, Agriculture for Impact

Concern Blogs, Concern Worldwide

Institute Insights, Bread for the World Institute

End Poverty in South Asia, World Bank

Global Development Blog, Center for Global Development

The Global Food Banking Network

Harvest 2050, Global Harvest Initiative

The Hunger and Undernutrition Blog, Humanitas Global Development

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

Overseas Development Institute Blog, Overseas Development Institute

Oxfam America Blog, Oxfam America

Preventing Postharvest Loss, ADM Institute

Sense & Sustainability Blog, Sense & Sustainability

WFP USA Blog, World Food Program USA

Archive

| By Allison Kooser

Guest Commentary: Meeting the Food and Water SDGs

Much like peace and justice, water and sanitation are foundational elements to a flourishing society. Without clean water and sufficient sanitation, health, education and livelihoods all suffer.




| By Sharada Keats, Greg S. Garrett

Guest Commentary: All Systems Go for Better Nutrition

The challenges facing us in terms of clean water and nutritious foods are immense, with over 800 million lacking access to a clean water source, over 800 million unable to access enough food and approximately 2 billion with an inadequate diet. However, the opportunities are equally immense.