While in India, was lucky enough to visit Barefoot College in Tiloniya,
Rahjastan. Much of the food to feed workers, residents and visitors was
cooked during the day in a solar oven, constructed from locally
available materials, including painted, cut glass to make mirrors,
frames and clockwork systems constructed from reused bicycle parts.… Continue
Added by Sam D on May 10, 2010 at 11:15am —
I'm currently looking through "Food Insecurities Of The World" by the FAO, or the Food Agricultural Organisation. It's saying that despite our efforts, we've only reduced the number of hungry by 9 million people in the developed, which is a good thing, but not what they were looking to accomplish. In fact, the number of problems has increased since the last five years.
However, half the countries in the developed world (30) have shown large potentials for increase in food… Continue
Added by Daniel Pisani on May 10, 2010 at 2:44am —
Gujarat in India had started the large project for alternative
sources of energy. The
government set the goal to 3,000 MW by 2014. It will be $10 billion project, and it's going to be the world's largest solar power in India. the area for the power plant will be about 10,000 hectares of land with 3 locations in the area of 150 square kilometers. The project was backed by U.S. President Bill Clinton and the support from
the William J Clinton Foundation for the aid. This foundation… Continue
Added by Kuninari Asao on May 6, 2010 at 6:56am —
I don't know if this is in your databases but I just spent a couple of hours at MIT listening to African, American, and Indian partners with Amy Smith's D-Lab. Harish Hande of SELCO, Solar Electric Light Company, from… Continue
Added by gmoke on April 22, 2010 at 3:43am —
How can poor farmers grow their crops using less water and fertilizer?
Drip irrigation (also: trickle irrigation or micro-irrigation) saves water and fertilizer by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of plants, either onto the soil surface or directly onto the root zone, through a network of values pipes, tubing and emitters.
I first read about drip irrigation in the book "The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World". It… Continue
Added by Jean Frankly on April 20, 2010 at 1:23am —
is director of PlayPower Foundation
, a non-profit organization that creates free educational computer software for low-income families in India and other developing countries.
PlayPower gives educational software to computer manufacturers to bundle on low-cost ($12) computers. A TV is used as the monitor.
How are costs kept so low?
These 8-bit computers are in the… Continue
Added by Jean Frankly on April 18, 2010 at 4:04am —
I've always considered myself as a 'semi-feminist'. I do feel very strongly about the rights of women in society and at the same time, increasingly glad that I live in a country which upholds those rights. When I saw this week's topic, the empowerment of women, I knew that once I began my research I would discover violations of these rights which would truly upset me.
The UK is far from perfect when it comes to gender equality. Domestic abuse is a scourge of the developed world, and… Continue
Added by Riko Kamachi on April 14, 2010 at 5:30pm —
In the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, a traditional ceremony called the … Continue
Added by Miaomiao Huang on April 11, 2010 at 2:53am —
Added by Miaomiao Huang on April 11, 2010 at 2:29am —
The sun had finally set, and our plane came down over the runway. We all hastily exited the plane that we had been sitting in for the past twelve hours. As we entered the air port, we were greeted by a wave of heat. My group sat down and we all started to fill out our forms. When we had answered all of the questions asked by the customs officer, he told us, "Welcome to India."
My school trip to India was an amazing, eye opening experience. We drove through the… Continue
Added by Parker Schultz on April 9, 2010 at 12:00am —
CEO of International Development Enterprises (India), Amitabha Sadangi is a person for the people. Selling things at a fifth of their potential, it is no wonder that he has become the Social Entrepreneur of the Year for India, and a WTN Finalist. Truly, this man is a modern day hero, providing cheap and effective equipment for people that suffer from poverty in India.… Continue
Added by Eric Lee on April 8, 2010 at 3:29am —
While researching I discovered an African organisation called Ecotact
, one of Ashoka's partners. This project won a $200,000 prize in 2009 in the Changemakers/Global Water Challenge Contest
for its work in Nairobi, Kenya. Ecotact works in both urban and rural situations to solve water and sanitation issues.
Ecotact's unique… Continue
Added by Riko Kamachi on April 3, 2010 at 11:37am —
Privacy has long been held a guaranteed right of democracy--part of the "western/democratic" currency of convictions.
In my Learn5 blog, I asked if an ID card, the expected issuance of the 15th deci-annual Census in India, could be deemed "priceless?"
Added by Michele Baron on April 3, 2010 at 2:30am —
The challenge I'm tackling today is to find a 'power player'... quite literally. I love the first part of missions on EVOKE because they seem to focus in on finding the very source of inspiration. Inspiration to me is the real fuel that's powering our EVOKE community. It's where the ideas are coming from as well as the hunger to think them up. It's also by far the easiest of the three types of mission because there are so many inspirational people out there to write about!
For my… Continue
Added by Riko Kamachi on March 31, 2010 at 11:30am —
It is a little foolish for me to ask such a question.
Of course, it will be cool if the answer is BOTH.
As far as I know, in India, many children are not well educated. In some part of this country, people are lack of clean water and they don't know how to use water in a good way. Technically, Indians will suffer less from water if they get better education about water.
At least, they should get a sense of water circulation and how to dig a well and… Continue
Added by Miaomiao Huang on March 30, 2010 at 2:27pm —
As important as I know it is to be developing alternative energy sources, I think that in the long-term we are moving in the wrong direction.
We live in a finite world and are often replacing one unsustainable resource with another. The example that comes to mind for me are biofuels, or more specifically plant-based biofuels.
We already know that soy is a resource-heavy crop, so then why are we touting it's use for more than just food? This is illogical to me. There are other… Continue
Added by SaraBB on March 27, 2010 at 1:45pm —
Hello, I was suposed to talk about Who is affected by hunger and food insecurity in my
Well, my subject goes beyond all that, we all know by now that Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO
s) are not a food security challenge
but a food safety hazard
threatening the wh*** planet.
The way I see it, any big or small efforts… Continue
Added by Ternura Rojas on March 26, 2010 at 6:00pm —
I am an optimist. I am a firm believer in the 'long tail' of innovation. I see our Indian deserts and the associated arid lands as opportunity to explore for potential farming endeavors using radical innovations brought by the next generation of Israel's innovative and entrepreneurial firmsMaking our deserts bloom
is a central theme inspired by Israel's tryst with nature to create a… Continue
Added by Rahul Dewanjee on March 20, 2010 at 5:30am —
Husk Power Systems is a for-profit (which I read as economically sustainable) company using rice husks, a form of agricultural waste, to power rural India.
You can see their company website Here
, and their PopTech presentation Here
There are several reasons I really like this project:
1. It's economically sustainable. They make a profit by powering rural… Continue
Added by Amos Meeks on March 19, 2010 at 5:30pm —
Corruption, as in any developing country, is also widely prevalent in India. It has taken away a lost of development which could have happened in the country, not to mention about the loss of trust over legal machinery and state officials . It won't be wrong to say that millions of lives have been made to suffer for life because of the greed of few people. But people who pay bribes are as much responsible as any greedy bureaucrats and politicians… Continue
Added by Arjun on March 17, 2010 at 4:08pm —