Agriculture / Climate Change / Low-end Technologies / Sustainable Development

A new study: Potential of Rainwater Harvesting in a Thirsty World: A Survey of Ancient and Traditional Rainwater Harvesting Applications

Dear Readers, My co-author Fatima Cecunjanin and I recently published a new study on the potential of rainwater harvesting. We surveyed past-to-present rainwater harvesting methods and documented the cultures that practiced them from climatically vulnerable dry-wet, semi-arid and arid regions.  Please see one of the tables that can be found in the publication below: To … Continue reading

Low-end Technologies / Sustainable Development / Water Management

Water-hungry Indian villagers find new reservoirs of solidarity By:Mark Tran

Article published by: The Guardian Villagers on the bank of a body of water that feeds the surrounding fields, near Dungarpur, Rajasthan, February 2013. Photograph: Mark Tran for the Guardian The villages around Dungarpur town in India‘s north-western state of Rajasthan have a beguiling beauty. The hills are beginning to turn brown but the landscape … Continue reading

Agriculture / Climate Change / Low-end Technologies / Sustainable Development / Water Management

Our Research Featured in INESAD’s Global South Development Magazine

Dear Readers, I and my research team’s project on ancient Maya water management systems in Central America was ranked at # 7 by INESAD in a news story covering 12 initiatives making a difference in food and agriculture. We want to thank INESAD staff very much for their consideration. I should also mention the names … Continue reading

Agriculture / Forestry / Low-end Technologies / Sustainable Development

Lacandon Maya’s Sustainable Agricultural Practices in a Sub-Tropical Forest Setting

Ancient Maya civilization is important to study as we learn more about their sustainable practices in the sub-tropical forests of Central America. As you may know, ancient Maya existed in parts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Scholars now know ancient Maya were able to sustain a long-term food production system that is … Continue reading

Energy / Low-end Technologies / Sustainable Development

Fuel Efficient Stove Designed by a Darfur Mother

Halima, a mother from Darfur, recently won a World Food Programme $300 cash prize for designing a fuel-efficient stove. The stove made from mud, consumes two-thirds less fuel than traditional way of cooking by effectively using the law of thermodynamics. Anything can be burn in these stoves–wood, household waste, animal dung, brickets (made out of recycled local materials by … Continue reading

Low-end Technologies / Sustainable Development / Sustainable Development Research / Water Management

Ancient Maya solutions to water and food insecurity: Low technology lessons for contemporary development

Ancient Maya solutions to water and food insecurity: Low technology lessons for contemporary development. This was an article I wrote with Dr. Vernon Scarborough of University of Cincinnati. The article was recently published at UNESCO and ANU’s Global Water Forum website. The article discusses the value of rainwater collection in natural or human-made depressions in … Continue reading