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 / Forestry / Sustainable Development / Water Management

The Man Who Stopped the Desert By: Janeen Madan

When Mark Dodd, an award-winning filmmaker visited Burkina Faso’s Yatenga province, he met Yacouba Sawadogo, a peasant farmer, whose life story Dodd felt compelled to share through film. Yacouba Sawadogo, a farmer in Burkina Faso, has developed an innovative planting technique that is restoring degraded land across Africa’s Sahel region. (Photo credit: Center for International … Continue reading

Agriculture / Forestry / Sustainable Development

WFP’s MERET Programme

By: WFP, “MERET: Land Generation in Ethiopia” A joint venture between the Ethiopian government and WFP, the MERET programme gets chronically food-insecure communities involved in environmental rehabilitation and sustainable income- generating activities that improve livelihoods. Mohamed Hussein stands on a ridge, looking down on the terraced hillside that he says changed his life “completely”. The … Continue reading

Agriculture / Forestry / Sustainable Development / Sustainable Development Research / Water Management

Ambani’s Mango Orchard Success in an Arid Part of India

We’ll continue to look into the reasons for success of mango orchards in an arid landscape with a BSh climatic Koppen classification. For those unfamiliar, BSh climates are characterized by very low, unreliable precipitation (<300 mm total annual precipitation), practically taking place in two to three months. Other areas around the world that have Bsh classification include western Venezuela, the northernmost peninsulas in South America, parts of Lesser … 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