SWFF Program & Innovator News
June 27, 2018
Have You Herd? Meat Naturally Brings Sustainable Profits to South African Cattle Farmers

Agricultural innovator Meat Naturally brings mobile cattle auctions to remote farming communities, encouraging environmentally-friendly cattle grazing while helping farmers make enormous profits.

Southern Africa is home to thousands of species, including prides of lions and roaming elephants. But, in a region over 90 percent rangelands - including grasslands and savannahs - buffalo, cattle and other grazing animals are exceptionally important. "You need grazing," explains Sarah Frazee, head of the Africa Sustainable Production program at Conservation International and CEO of Conservation South Africa (CSA). "The habitat in African rangelands has coevolved with the giant grazing herds - they depend on each other for a balanced ecosystem." For example, large animals trample apart the "hard cap" that forms on dry soil, making it easier for seeds to grow and water to be absorbed.

Maintaining this balance is the idea behind CSA's Meat Naturally program, which incentivizes sustainable cattle farming that benefits both the land and local farmers.
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  • Reel Gardening Evaluation Report ReleasedThe report analyzes the impact of Reel Gardening's seed tape, grow pod, and other gardening innovations and programs over the past three years. Findings include examining the impact Reel Gardening has had in low income communities by reaching an estimated 2,618 schools, and how they have affected student education and nutrition in these areas. Read the full report here.
  • SWFF and innovator business models in action . Valentin Post, Deputy Managing Director, WASTE, was invited by IHE Delft Institute for Water Education to develop a Master's program course on "Business Models in Sanitation," in which he applied the SWFF business model as a case study to explain the "Business Canvas" model. 
  • SWFF to attend Stockholm World Water Week 2018. SWFF innovators responded to SIWI's call for abstracts for the 2018 conference theme "Water, ecosystems and human development." The event will take place in August, drawing over 3,000 participants from 135 countries. SWFF will bring a delegation of current innovators, graduates, founding partners, USAID staff, and the TA Facility/Kaizen team. This annual meeting will feature the popular "Unconference" for innovator peer-to-peer exchanges.
  • USAID Salutes Winners of the #WaterSecureWorld Photo Contest. In January, the #WaterSecureWorld photo contest invited readers, project implementers, USAID mission personnel, and other water professionals to submit photos that illustrate the breadth, scope, and impact of USAID's efforts to confront and overcome the world's water challenges. Photographers from across the globe submitted 119 photos, illustrating activities in 28 countries and representing more than 30 different USAID programs. Take a look at the winners here.
  • Powering Agriculture is presenting a two part webinar series on "You have the product, what about the team that will bring it to scale?". Part A - "How to BUILD a high-impact team" - is scheduled for July 17, 2018 at 8:30am EDT / 3:30pm EAT to discuss ways to overcome the common challenges associated with hiring in emerging markets, including specific examples of how fellow innovators have found success in building diverse teams of skilled women and men. Register for the webinar here .
  • What Should You Send a VC Before Your Meeting? One of the hardest things to know when you're new to fundraising is what you're supposed to send to an investor and when. Mark Suster, managing partner at Upfront Ventures offers useful guidance on pitching here .
  • Wondering whether results-based financing is right for your social enterprise? Check out Financing for Scaled Impact , a new report created by Scaling Pathways , a partnership which shares the lessons, insights, and analysis from transformative social enterprises in scaling their impact. Read the report .
  • Applications are now open for the Chobani Incubator Food Tech Residency program. The program helps emerging natural food and beverage product companies grow, and aims to solve challenges all along the food and agriculture value chain: from waste reduction to food safety to supply chain traceability and more. To apply please visit  here. Learn more about the Food Tech Residency program here and visit the FAQ page for additional information.
  • The 2018 Roddenberry Prize is recognizing unexpected, overlooked, and unheralded solutions to climate change. This year's $1million prize is focused on food waste, plant-rich diets, girls' education, and women's rights. Nominate a great organization or register to apply by July 12.
  • Imagine H2O's Urban Water Scarcity Challenge will identify and deploy decentralized solutions for water-scarce cities to advance measurable progress towards UN Sustainable Development Goal 6. The Challenge's Founding Partners, 11th Hour Racing and Bluewater, have committed up to $1,000,000 in cash awards, deployment funds and follow-on investment to three winners.
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Sajeda Khatun using Lal Teer Seed's salt-resistant seeds to feed her family and make an income in Dumuriain, Bangladesh.