SWFF Program & Innovator News
 Oct 30, 2019
High Tech Farming Comes to Mozambique 

The "Old McDonald had a farm e-i-e-i-o" refrain in the classic children's song is slightly outdated. Today, along with farm animals, one might add a drone to the menagerie. 
 
For example, in the southeastern African country of Mozambique which borders the Indian Ocean, a company aptly named "ThirdEye" is aiding farmers to be better farmers through drone technology. 
 
ThirdEye is s graduate of the global "Securing Water for Food" program, an effort by USAID, and the governments of Netherlands, South Africa, and Sweden to address a looming water and food crisis.
 
ThirdEye is a project of the Dutch initiative FutureWater where smallholder farmers' fields are mapped by drone operators in Mozambique to determine if certain cropping areas are stressed. 
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  • WASTE Helps Nilgiris, India, Become Defecation-Free After Decades.  As recently as 2009, over seventy percent of the Nilgiris households had no access to toilets. In a region that is known for its tea and coffee plantations, dumping faecal sludge into forest areas and heavy uses of chemicals for farming were affecting traditional agricultural practices. WASTE worked with the non-profit Rural Development Organisation (RDO) Trust to create facilities for treatment of the faecal sludge, producing a dry sludge that eventually results in the production of agriculturally friendly compost. Learn more about this collaboration for success.
  • Bhungroo Awarded the US State Department's Gold Star Recognition. A member of the Bhungroo team was selected for the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) earlier this year. During that visit, the US State Department organized information sessions where Bhungroo had the opportunity to present its innovation to ambassadors of fifteen developing nations. Subsequently, the State Department rolled out a series of media stories about Bhungroo. You can view a video produced here.
  • Water and Energy for Food, Grand Challenge for Development. We are excited to invite you to participate in a questionnaire and join our network for the just announced $35 million Water and Energy for Food, Grand Challenge for Development (WE4F)!

    In May 2020, WE4F expects to launch a regional innovation hub for South and Southeast Asia, and we want to make sure that we know all of the relevant small and growing enterprises in the region, including yours. If your enterprise operates in South or South-East Asia and seeks to increase food production through sustainable water and energy usage, then we strongly recommend that you take a few minutes of your time to fill out the questionnaire on the link below.


    We've extended the deadline to November 11th, 2019 to allow you more time to review this opportunity and fill out the survey. The information you share will help us shape the activities of the WE4F S/SE Asia Regional Innovation Hub as well as upcoming WE4F Calls for Innovation and Prize competitions. It will also put you on a shortlist of enterprises who the Hub staff will already know and reach out to when new funding opportunities become available. Note that we will not share your information with others. If you've already filled out the questionnaire, thank you, and no further information is needed at this time!


    For any queries or concerns, do not hesitate to write to Intellicap- we4f@intellecap.net. To participate in the survey here.
  • Water Governance Institute and Executive Director, Henry Mugisha on CNBC Africa. The Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) announced the sixteen winners of their Innovation Challenge. The Water Governance Institute was one of the Challenge winners and had the opportunity to discuss its innovation with CNBC Africa. Henry Mugisha shares his view on the promotion of commercial farming and economic inclusion for refugees. Watch the interview here.
  • Centre for Environment Concerns' SWAR Technology Featured in Business India. This September, Business India magazine did a feature titled "India's Climate Leadership." Within the Water portion of the feature, the magazine highlighted the SWAR technology as one of India's promising start ups. The article highlighted SWAR's success in helping farmers decrease their water consumption by fifty to seventy percent in drought-prone regions. Congratulations to the Centre for Environment Concerns.
  • MIT/Jain Irrigation Systems Piloting the Newest EDR System . MIT and Jain Irrigation Systems have developed their lastest PV-powered electrodialysis reversal (EDR) system. The team is currently conducting pilot testing on it's new system with the US Bureau of Reclamation. They're projecting that this newest PV-ED will cost less to run than conventional desalination. The big insight was the discovery that the system can run on variable power, and thus match its power consumption with available solar irradiance. The team hopes to conduct field pilots programs and commercialization in India next year.  
  • New SWFF Leadership and Inspiration. For the past 5 years, the SWFF program, its 40 Innovators, and its core leadership have been blessed to have Donna Vincent Roa at the helm as Chief of Party. Over the next few weeks, Donna will be transitioning from her role as SWFF's Chief of Party to Project Director for one of The Kaizen Company's new projects - USAID's New Partnerships Initiative Incubator. In her recent Communique, Donna reflected upon her experience by reflecting, "As I searched through the over 425 photos that I've used to illustrate this Chief of Party Communiqué since May of 2015, I was reminded of the richness of the experiences I've had over the last five years and the wonderful people that I have met during my tenure with SWFF. I am both blessed and honored to have been a part of the business journey of the 40 SWFF innovators - cheering your successes, documenting your social impact, and working directly with you to provide advice or deliver services." 

    Starting November 1, Donna will pass the SWFF Technical Assistance Facility baton over to Nikki deBaroncelli, who will serve as the Chief of Party until the project close date of May 2020. Nikki brings a wealth of program management experience to the role, has intimate knowledge of the entire SWFF ecosystem and the Kaizen Home Office, and has unparalleled energy to devote to the close-out activities that this project requires. SWFF looks forward to leveraging her experience, insights, and leadership. 


    Best of luck Donna! You will be missed, but your legacy and leadership will live onward.
Opportunities
  • Africa 2030 - Special Session on "Climate Services in Africa". As part of the symposium "Africa 2030 - Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to handle the Challenges of a Changing Environment", to be held in Nairobi, Kenya in January, 2020, a special session titled "Climate Services in Africa" is being organized. The special session will provide a unique opportunity to both providers and users of climate services, to present and discuss their work, and to promote their approaches, methods and projects to a wide audience. It is an excellent opportunity to reach and network with the African climate change community. If anyone is interested in presenting their innovation, please visit the official site by clicking here.
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Empowering Farmers and Families to Thrive. 

When innovation revolutionizes an industry, the collective community reaps the rewards. Fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, sons, and daughters are impacted alike. SWFF innovator Water Governance Africa provides innovative Hydroponic farming systems, which provide families the opportunity to cultivate crops and farm fish in a joint apparatus.