SWFF Program & Innovator News
June 27, 2017
Water Governance Institute: The Plant-Powered Innovation Turning Ugandans into Fish Farmers
 
Mr. Henry Bazira and Ms. Aisha Nalwoga of Water Governance Institute talk to Ms. Proscovia Rujumba (right), a fish farmer in Hoima District, Uganda.

In Hoima, Uganda, fish is hard to come by. Demand for the nutritious meat is high, especially among families with growing children and elderly in their households. Fish fetch a good price at the market  ---     and fish farming can be a profitable business.
 
Water Governance Institute's Aquaponics system is helping households generate food and income  ---     and bringing nutritious fish to a region that needs it.
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  • The Securing Water for Food Technical Assistance Facility recently published The Untapped Market for Agricultural Innovations in Emerging Economies: A Practical Workbook to Help Innovators Reach Women Smallholder Farmers, a 110-page publication for innovators working in the agricultural sector to reach and effectively serve female smallholder farmers in emerging economies.
  • Access the Securing Water for Food 2017 Semi-Annual Report here. SWFF innovators have helped save approximately 1.5 billion liters of water, have helped produce nearly 650,000 tons of food, and have reached more than 1.5 million farmers and other customers. More than 600,000 hectares of rangeland and cropland are under improved practices due in part to SWFF innovations. To date, our innovators have leveraged SWFF funding for almost $13 million in additional funding through more than 100 partnerships and achieved more than $2 million in sales.
  • SWFF and DAI (Development Alternatives Inc.) have produced a Market Analysis for Desalinated Water in India. The study examines where small scale desalination for agriculture and household use is economically viable in India, as well as where the demand for expensive desalinated water is highest in the country.
  • In partnership with UN Environment, Practical Action won this year's Land for Life Award for a project in North Darfur that transforms huge swathes of desert into farmland.
  • Recently, a team consisting of staff from FutureWater , WWF Madagascar, Wageningen University, and others visited Madagascar to assess the causes and impact of land degradation.
  • To test methods for improving the water and energy efficiency of agriculture in the United Arab Emirates, researchers at International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) carried out an agronomic and economic analysis of growing cherry tomato and cucumber in environments meant to simulate the UAE.
Opportunities
  • The SOCAP Social Entrepreneur Scholarship Program is now accepting applicants for scholarships to attend SOCAP17 in San Francisco, California. Scholarships cover accommodations, a full conference pass, and dedicated mentorship from impact leaders, among other benefits. The deadline for international applicants was June 1, 2017. For all other applicants, the deadline is June 30, 2017.
  • The 2017 Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition's (BCFN) 2017 YES! (Young Earth Solutions) Research Grant Competition seeks groundbreaking, high-impact research ideas to improve the sustainability of food systems. Emerging experts are encouraged to submit studies that are innovative, promise of significant impact, and can meet global research needs. Submissions can be related to new or ongoing research, and must be made online through the BCFN website by June 28, 2017, 11:59 p.m. CET . Winners receive a €20,000 research grant for a one-year investigation. 
  • Cutting-edge startups and research projects across the ag-bio, renewable energy, sustainable materials, food production, animal health, and farming technology sectors are invited to apply to present their business/technology at the 2017 Ag Innovation Showcase in St. Louis, Missouri, September 11-13, 2017.
  • In 2SCALE's course, learn how partnerships and bottom-up innovations can help you build a profitable and inclusive agribusiness. 2SCALE is an agribusiness incubator improving rural livelihoods and food & nutrition security in Africa by accelerating inclusive business in agri-food industries. Through public-private partnerships, smallholder farmers and local agribusiness work together on organizing access to inputs, strengthening market intelligence and bargaining power, and other interventions to make their value chains more inclusive. In this course, 2SCALE will present methodologies and practical tools to build this inclusiveness.
     
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With the help of Ignitia, a tropical weather forecasting service , farmers in Ghana (such as the woman pictured above) are able to increase their crop yields and income.