Guest Post: Farmer’s Day Exhibitions Invite Innovation For Food Production In Tanzania

Maureen Langlois Wells to Wellness

Happy Nane Nane Day In Tanzania, Nane Nane Day is celebrated on August 8 with a week-long fair to recognize the important contribution of farmers to the national Tanzanian economy. Nane Nane (8/8) means “eight eight” in Swahili. This year’s (2017) Nane Nane theme is “Zalisha kwa tija mazao na bidhaa za Kilimo, Mifugo na Uvuvi ili kufikia uchumi wa …

Ohio State Student Farm Test Drives Irrigation Scheme For African Smallholder Farmers

Chaitanya Balasubramanyam Student Activities

When Peter Ngimbwa, a Tanzanian student in The Ohio State University Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering, defended his Master’s thesis and returned to Tanzania, it seemed possible that a drip irrigation planning tool he had developed along with faculty member Andy Ward might be destined for oblivion, as too often happens with student projects. But a team of …

Engineering Capstone Team Designs Rainwater Catchment System

Chaitanya Balasubramanyam Student Activities

A team of engineering students from Ohio State’s Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering (FABE)—Nick Ciccotelli, Maddie Conover, Evan Curts, Musab Imam, and Justin Rhoades—recently collaborated with GWI to design a system for capturing and storing rainwater from the roofs of buildings in rural Tanzania.

Sustainable and Resilient Tanzania Community Completes Successful Summer Programs

Chaitanya Balasubramanyam Student Activities

The Global Water Institute would like to extend our congratulations to our partners at the Sustainable and Resilient Tanzania Community (SRTC) program on the successful completion of their May service-learning trip and the inaugural SRTC internship program. Collaborating with students and faculty at the University of Dodoma, a group of 34 Ohio State students traveled to Tanzania for May term, …

Algal Research Report Features Integrated Agency-University Collaboration

Maureen Langlois Inland Water Quality

Scientists in multiple disciplines at The Ohio State University are delivering solutions to potential health problems and industry concerns associated with harmful algal blooms—in Lake Erie and inland lakes, as well as around the world. Ohio State researchers are part of the Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative (HABRI), a statewide response to harmful algal blooms established by the Ohio Department …

Tackling Infectious Disease With A Systems Approach: Two Stories From East Africa

Maureen Langlois Events, Brown Bag Series, Wells to Wellness

A lunch forum featuring three international visitors working with Ohio State in East Africa. Date: Wednesday, June 14, 12-2 Location: Enarson Classroom Building Room 160 on the Ohio State University campus Lunch will be provided (please register for a lunch) Please join international visitors working with Ohio State’s Global One Health Initiative and the Global Water Institute to learn about …

Brown Bag: Promoting Technical Transformation And Financial Inclusion Among Smallholder Farmers In Africa

Maureen Langlois Events, Brown Bag Series

Voices from the Field Brown Bag Speaker Series Mario Miranda will discuss two interrelated factors that have been identified by development economists as critical impediments to wider adoption of improved technologies among smallholder farmers in developing countries: lack of access to credit and riskiness of income due to the vagaries of weather. He will focus on his experiences in Ghana, …

Brown Bag: Culture, Agriculture And Shrubs: Improving Soils and Crop Yield in West Africa

Maureen Langlois Events, Brown Bag Series

Voices from the Field Brown Bag Speaker Series The Sahel is an ecologically fragile environment where in-season drought periods are common, causing chronic low yields, crop failures, and long-term food insecurity. Biologically based systems are needed that utilize local resources and can buffer against drought in the Sahel. Two native shrubs, Piliostigma reticulatum and Guiera senegalensis, coexist with row crops …

Brown Bag: Exploring The Role Of Women In Food Security

Maureen Langlois General

Voices from the Field Brown Bag Speaker Series Women have been identified as key players in improving household food security. However, they face many challenges. There are many interventions that have targeted women to help them bring in addition income or to help with their agricultural production. Working in Cameroon and researching in Ethiopia have provided opportunities to see two …