Less-developed countries need many things – but, in most cases, nothing greater or more urgent than productive agriculture. Most of the world’s poorest people -- the 2.6 billion who try to survive on less than $2 a day – are family farmers whose small plots are unproductive and generally cut off from growing export markets. If these families could make the leap from subsistence to market-driven farming, world poverty would decline exponentially. It’s a big "if."
Rural Africa Water Development Project (RAWDP), a Nigerian NGO, is currently promoting the Mor-sand filter in the restive oil rich Niger Delta region. The Mor-sand Filter, an improved adaptation of the slow-sand filter, integrates the combination of coagulation and filtration as effective processes for the reduction of the concentration of microorganisms in water.
Hi, I am Bart Weetjens, a social entrepreneur, and founder of the organization APOPO, with a vision of appropriate technologies to enhance the impact of humanitarian detection tasks. Basically we teach African communities how to train "HeroRATS", giant African pouched rats that are trained to save human lives by detecting landmines and diseases. In 2003, I was a DM winner.
As a past DM winner (2005), I’ve had the privilege of working with the DM Team and have very much enjoyed the experience of implementing our DM project.
Welcome to the blog! Over the next several weeks I’ll be raising issues related to linking communities to markets and what some of us are doing to help them. You know, about 10 years ago, I sent out an email to a mailing list of about 200 staff asking what they were doing to link rural communities to markets. I got one response, which asked “Do you mean roads?” We’ve come a long way in our thinking and
When I was asked to be one the blogger for the Development Marketplace I accepted without being too sure what was expected from me. I was told I should write something about communication, since this is not only my professional field, but something I am passionate about, I decided to start with two blogs about two key challenges that I have been facing and dealing with in the last few years of my professional life.
The Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management announces its 2008 Base of the Pyramid (BoP) Narrative Competition co-sponsored by USAID and Cornell’s BoP Learning Lab. This short-essay competition seeks to highlight the challenges of implementing business in underserved markets and identify innovative business initiatives or solutions to those challenges. Essays must be in English and submitted no later than midnight, October 5, 2008. The first place winner will receive $4000 USD. For more details visit www.bopnetwork.org
I am really looking forward to the conclusion of the Development Market Place in September. I enjoyed working with World Bank Group (WBG) and external colleagues judging in a previous round and the opportunity to interact personally with the finalists excites me.
The 2008 Development Marketplace (DM) global competition on Sustainable Agriculture
received 1,768 proposals from around the world addressing three key issues: linking small-scale farmers to markets, improving land access and tenure for the poor,