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APOPO a Tanzanian-based social enterprise that develops and implements detection rats technology, nicknamed “HeroRATs” for humanitarian purposes. APOPO uses a locally available species, the African Giant Rat, because of its favorable temperament, long life span, and the fact that its size makes it easier to manipulate to detection tasks. The HeroRATs have already helped…(Read More)

Data is powerful when it leads to climate action and better decisions for a sustainable future. However, most public Earth observation data is difficult to find, access and use. Governments and industries around the world have invested in acquiring data , but those data sets often go unpublished or unused. The Planet OS mission is…(Read More)

Eight babies die every minute due to lack of detection of serious health conditions, including the top killers for infants: pneumonia, sepsis and asymptomatic congenital heart defects. Annamarie Saarinen, co-founder of the Newborn Foundation, leads a global health initiative leveraging mobile pulse oximetry technology to combat neonatal mortality. This targeted education-and-implementation project…(Read More)

There are an estimated 100 million households in India that do not have access to toilets and 50% of people are forced to defecate in the open, posing health and safety hazards, and environmental issues. Open defecation also contaminates local water supplies. To address the problem Banka Bioloo provides “on-site” human waste treatment facilities…(Read More)

Groundwater salinity is a widespread problem around the world with adverse consequences on health, soil quality and overall ecosystems. Lalit Sharma, a civil engineer in India, has found a simple and effective way to create freshwater pockets for potable use within saline aquifers. Lalit has worked in villages in India to develop an innovative technique…(Read More)

Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, a Nigerian farmer, social entrepreneur and radio presenter grew frustrated with mounting losses of small shareholder farmers. Local farmers were losing up to 45% of their crops. His project called ColdHubs addresses the cold storage needs of farmers by combining the well-established technologies of photovoltaic energy supply and compressive cold generation with…(Read More)

The cassava whitefly is responsible for vectoring the plant viruses that have caused two on-going and devastating pandemics, Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) and Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD). Estimates for resulting production losses in nine East and Central African countries have been put as high as 47% and the areas affected are continuing to…(Read More)

Summary Global forests are under increasing pressure from over-production of lumber, strip-surface mining, and increased land usage for agriculture and urban expansion. Every year 8 million hectares of forest, equivalent to 7 billion trees, disappear around the world. Destruction of these critical ecosystems is occurring at a faster rate than restoration, because traditional…(Read More)

Mossi Princess Abze Djigma, a mechanical engineer, founded AbzeSolar to provide women and youth with the means to create a better future for themselves?—?‘If you educate a girl you educate all of humanity.’ AbzeSolar S.A., based in Burkina Faso, scales up the use of sustainable energy solutions in the sub-Saharan region to…(Read More)

Beno Juarez grew up in the Peruvian Amazon jungle. His family moved to Lima when he was 9. It was the juxtaposition of the freedom of the jungle and the suffering of the city that led Beno to begin exploring inclusive innovation. Beno and his team across South America are in the process of launching…(Read More)