Author Archives: Akanksha Saluja

E-toilets to Curb Open Defecation?

Millions of people, in our fast-modernizing country, still defecate in open, leading to a significant challenge facing our country today. As the Government intensifies its Total Sanitation Campaign, launched in 1999, innovative ideas are pouring in, like ‘No toilet, No … Continue reading

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An Innovation that Changed People’s Life

An innovative idea changed many lives in the country of Bangladesh where people did not have access to electricity or telephone, and the nearest health-care facility was hours away. Education in such a situation remained a dream. Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha, … Continue reading

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Sustainable Farming to Feed the World?

Industrial agriculture, with a focus on wide use of chemicals, fertilizers, and HYV seeds is often proposed as a solution to global food shortages. It is argued that the use of chemicals and fertilizers will increase the yield, protect the … Continue reading

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Local Innovation to Solve Electricity Problems

Siddappa, a farmer from Somapur village in Gadag district of Karnataka, designed a water mill to generate electricity. Believing that electricity problems can be solved by being creative and innovative, Siddappa took up the challenge to show the villagers that … Continue reading

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An Inclusive Approach for Societal Development

Public-Private-Partnerships are emerging across a host of sectors in India. A recent conference in Tamil Nadu on “Emerging role of PPPP’s” conducted by The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), highlights the need for a more inclusive approach and the crucial … Continue reading

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Innovative Models to Finance Small-Scale Agriculture

Smallholder production, which generally occurs on plots of less than two hectares, is often characterized by low yields, low quality, poor linkages, and little access to finance. A recent Dalberg report called “Catalyzing Smallholder Agricultural Finance”, suggests that with increased … Continue reading

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A Community-Led Initiative by Small Farmers

The farming community of Hiware Bazar came up with a brilliant community-led initiative to design a rainwater-harvesting model that helped them fight the severe drought that they face every year. Here is the inspiring story: As the world reels under … Continue reading

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Farmers Use Waste-Water to Grow Vegetables

Near a small town of Vijayapura in Karnataka, farmers came up with a brilliant innovation to start using the town’s waste-water to grow fodder and vegetables in order to fight extreme water shortage in the area. When fields started to … Continue reading

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Looking for Off-Grid Solutions?

Considering that merely 12 percent of energy is generated through renewable sources, comprising small hydro, bio-mass, wind and solar power, India is seeking Israel’s expertise in the renewable energy sector in an attempt to increase the share of renewables in … Continue reading

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Concentrated Solar Power: A Sustainable Initiative

With the ever increasing demand for power in rapidly growing cities throughout the country, there stands a pressing need to look for alternative, sustainable ways of harnessing energy. A recent NRDC report shows that Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), a specific-type … Continue reading

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