Across Asia, man-made structures have stood powerless to avert tragedy after tragedy during 2018’s rainy season. Dams are vital for energy needs and economic growth. But they’ve been criticised for posing risks to local communities and the fragile environments in which they are built. WLE and IWMI research proposes several innovative solutions that mitigate the threats of these fragile environments through natural infrastructure.
A trip along the Karnali river, where a major hydro electric project is planned, shows how different communities are impacted, as well as who can negotiate and who cannot. By Emma Karki, Diana Suhardiman, Patrick Drown, and Claire Swingle.
WLE researchers based at ICRAF have authored a chapter in the recently launched GII 2018 report, highlighting the making of fuel briquettes from organic residue as an important innovation for Sub-Saharan Africa.
By Claudia Sadoff for the Telegraph. Malaria research is currently focused on new methods of genetic mosquito manipulation but the way large dams are currently built and designed creates massive mosquito breeding grounds, adding to the disease burden. Changing dam design is a significant and neglected area of opportunity.
Researchers from ICARDA and the Gondar Agricultural Research Center introduced the “Mirt” stove to households in Ethiopia to reduce the demand for firewood, improve soil fertility, and earn higher incomes for women. enhanced soil fertility – because of reforestation, reduced erosion and the availability of more manure; and higher incomes for women.