SWFF Program & Innovator News
 Nov. 6, 2018
The Best Farmers Are Successful Entrepreneurs

Farming is a key industry in Cambodia, but heavy rains and a rapidly changing economy has made this past year difficult for even the most experienced farmers. Many are starting to realize that it takes more than technical skills to succeed - you can't just be a good farmer; you have to be a good entrepreneur.

Luckily, Project Alba has found a cost-effective way to coach Cambodian farmers on the managerial skills they need to thrive in a changing market.
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  • SWFF Gets Two New Founding Partners. Joining SWFF as a Founding Partner is Omer van Renterghem, Senior Policy Advisor on Water and Environment at The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Netherlands, where his work focused on environmental aspects of the sustainability agenda. He will be replacing Marion Van Shaik, who has taken a post in Africa. Additionally, Daan du Toit, the Acting Chief Director of International Resources at The Department of Science and Technology in South Africa has joined the SWFF Founding Partner team. For more than a decade, Mr. Du Toit has worked tirelessly to promote South Africa's participation in competitive international research funding and to encourage European investment in South African science and technology.
  • SWFF Innovator selected as a finalist for the Gender Just Climate Solution Award. Trupti Jain, Founder and Director of Naireeta Services, has been nominated as a finalist for the Gender Just Climate Solution Award in the technical category by the Women and Gender Constituency (WGC). As a result, Naireeta Services will be receiving mentorship from WGC for the next year and have been invited to participate in 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from December 9-13, 2018 in Katowice, Poland.
  • Barsha Pump: One of the Top 10 Entrepreneurs at the UN General Assembly 2018. SWFF innovator aQysta is proud to announce that the Barsha Pump was selected as one of the top ten entrepreneurial solutions that help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals at the UN Solutions Summit 2018 in New York.
  • Applications for the 2019 Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBIĀ®) accelerator programs are open. Innovators are invited to apply to find unique pathways to scale through immersive mentorship and rigorous curriculum. GSBI offers 6 months of highly customized curriculum and accompaniment, with an opportunity to be invited to join us in-residence at Santa Clara University in August 2019. Apply here.
  • Call for Submissions on the Science of Scaling. The Journal Agricultural Systems is looking for submissions about scaling and using agricultural research to make informed decisions on how to optimize having impact in developing nations at a practical scale. Manuscripts must be submitted online by the deadline of December 31, 2018. Learn more here.
  • Lean Data Approaches to Social Impact. Dr. Ku McMahan, USAID lead for SWFF, program coordinator Cassy Rodriguez and M&E specialist Saad Usmani gave a presentation on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Watch the recorded webinar to learn what M&E is, why it is important, and approaches and ideas you can apply to your own work.
  • 18 Entrepreneurs Share Their Thoughts on the Future of Women Entrepreneurs. Women entrepreneurs are on the rise. This is partly due to improvement in technology that has helped scale their online visibility and allow ease of collaboration. Each year more women leave the corporate world to start entrepreneurship, and programs and business coaches to support such women are emerging. Does this imply a bright future for women entrepreneurs? Read more here
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Cassy Rodriguez, Securing Water for Food Program Coordinator, discusses logistical details with innovators at the Unconference during World Water Week in Sweden.