Rural Development

Country: Brazil
Organization: AGEMTE
Country: Nigeria
Organization: Mobah Rural Horizon

Mohammed Bah Abba has invented an innovative earthenware cooling system to preserve perishable foods in developing countries with arid climates. As a Nigerian teacher, Mohammed was motivated by his concern for the rural poor and by his interest in indigenous African technology to develop practical, local solutions to rural problems. His simple and inexpensive earthenware “pot-in-pot” cooling...

Country: Nigeria

Priscilla is increasing women’s productivity and engaging them in protecting the environment around them.

Country: Mexico
Organization: PASOS

Through training in and support for management information systems, Jasmine Aguilar is enabling rural citizens' groups in Mexico to draw lessons from their work and develop long-term strategies by expanding their access to information about their own and one another's programs and successes.

Country: Togo

Sena is building an African environmental movement of young entrepreneurs aware of their responsibilities, capable of supporting themselves, providing solutions to improve the living conditions of populations, and engaging as citizens to ensure large-scale actors take responsibility and action. He uses youth volunteering and their spirit of commitment to promote the environment and create new...

Country: Brazil
Organization: Serta

Sebastiao has developed a model for creating sustainable farming practices and increasing quality of life in rural sertão by combining local knowledge with modern agriculture technology. This new development model is spread through Brazil’s northeastern region and can be applied anywhere in the world.

Country: India
Organization: River Research Centre

Dr. Latha Anantha is drawing from her deep understanding of complex river basin systems to apply the concept of environmental flows to river basin planning and management in India. Using the flow of the river as a reference point, she makes interlinkages between different interventions and draws various stakeholders together to cohesively plan and manage water resources in order to strengthen...

Country: Brazil
Organization: PRECE - Projeto Educacional Coracao de Estudante

Manoel Andrade is ensuring that low-income, rural Brazilian youth receive the education they need to attend universities, become self-sufficient, and inspire future generations of students to attend school. His program focuses on strengthening rural communities themselves; creating bonds between academic institutions and students, developing forums for discussion, and transforming the way...

Country: Egypt

Salah Arafa pioneered the concept of community based participatory development in Egypt. With a focus on both rural squatter communities and on emerging desert communities (the future of Egypt), Salah’s Basaysa model combines local resources with rural civic engagement to promote social advancement and modernization while preventing the rural outflux from the villages to urban areas. Since the...

Country: Colombia
Organization: Espavé Foundation

Sergio Arango and his organization, Fundación Espavé, are developing community enterprise initiatives in Colombia’s Pacific coast region that identify latent business opportunities in these communities’ traditional use of forest resources. As a result, Espavé is achieving economic development and environmental conservation in one of the economically poorest and most environmentally rich but...

Country: Colombia
Organization: Alas para la Gente

Camilo Arjona is opening the door for social development and peace building in remote areas of Colombia, many of which have no government presence, through his organization, Alas para la Gente (Wings for the People). By delivering much needed healthcare, Camilo is introducing key allies to the communities to bring more attention and resources to address the issues beyond healthcare.

Country: Brazil
Organization: Instituto Sertão

Oscar Arruda has devised a strategy for enabling farmers in Brazil's semi-arid northeast to exploit an abundant local plant as an alternative crop that provides economic self-sufficiency in an otherwise depressed local economy.

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