Practical Action Blogs

    3 A’s of sustainable and affordable access to modern energy: Smart Energy Access

    Improving energy access has been in the agenda for quite some time in the Agenda of development partners – State, donors and civil society. After the UN Secretary General called of Sustainable Energy Access for All (SEforAll in 2012), the agenda got hyped in almost all development partners menu. With its integration in Sustainable Development Goal, it has firmly established as one of development agenda worldwide. Awareness, affordability and availability are described here as three pillars of energy access that […]
    Vishwa Amatya

    March 1st, 2017

    Can agroecology disrupt agriculture to achieve the SDGs?

    Women farming in Nepal
    Agriculture is back in the spotlight of development efforts, and is seen as central to achieving many of the interdependent Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and achieving the mitigation and adaptation targets of the Paris Agreement on climate change. With the global population expected to grow to over 9 billion by 2050, coupled with the negative impacts of climate change on agricultural production, a serious strain is being placed on the sector. This is exacerbated by the concentration of extreme poverty […]
    Jonny Casey

    February 27th, 2017

    Making climate Information services work for poor farmers in Africa?

    94% of farming in sub Saharan Africa is rain fed and highly susceptible to drought
    Next week in Cape Town the African climate and weather forecasting community will gather for the fifth global conference on Climate Information Services (CIS). A conference organised to share knowledge between climatologists, meteorologists and practitioners in key sectors such as agriculture, water, and health etc., sectors that can be better planned and managed if access to up to the minute climate information is available. Over the last decade there has been considerable investment in improving the technology, equipment and capacity […]

    Learning from sharing in Sudan

    Wadi el Ku
    Wadi el Ku catchment management project is an EU funded programme jointly implemented by Practical Action, UNEP and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Irrigation in North Darfur. Wadi el Ku is situated near El Fasher town and covers an area of 50km with 34 villages.  There are a number of internally displaced people and the area suffers from conflict, poor government resources and poor water use which lead to environmental degradation and negative effects on people’s livelihoods.  The project supports […]
    Manal Hamid

    February 23rd, 2017

    Powering education in Zimbabwe

    Miss Mumpande - Mashaba Primary School
    Globally, 1.3 billion people have no access to energy and it’s this lack of access that is keeping people living in poverty. Energy has the power to transform lives, it enables clinics to offer 24 hour care, for school children to study at night and it enables farmers to irrigate their land with reliable water pumps. Practical Action has been working with people across Malawi and Zimbabwe to bring clean and sustainable solar energy to their communities. This project is […]
    Elizabeth Dunn

    February 21st, 2017

    A new STEM challenge – Stop the Spread

    Stop the Spread STEM poster Practical Action
    Having a new STEM challenge to promote is always such a great feeling! STEM challenges are our most popular materials. Teachers tell us time and time again how they love them not just because they inspire their pupils, but because the support materials are so comprehensive their prep time is reduced to a minimum Stop the Spread is our brand new STEM challenge for 7-16 years. Highlighting the global issue of infectious diseases pupils design, build and test a model […]
    Julie Brown

    February 21st, 2017

    Flood resilience offers dignity to disabled people

    disability graph
      Co authored with Gurudas Biswas, Monitoring & Documentation Officer, V2R+ project, Bangladesh The extreme poverty status of Bangladesh (those with a per capita daily income of less than US$1.25) is reducing significantly in rural areas, but rural poverty is still higher than urban poverty in Bangladesh. Among the rural extreme poor, people with disabilities are the most marginalized. They are often excluded both from their communities and from development initiatives. Women and children are most vulnerable. They are the […]
    Halim Miah

    February 21st, 2017

    Pesticide Use in Developing Countries
    There is an enormous use of pesticides in developing nations that has lead to drastic effects, hence making it one of the top concerns for global environmentalists. The use of these pesticides, some of which are totally illegal, has not only led to drastic environmental degradation, but negative effect on climate at large.  Importantly, human health has been affected with end users of these farm produce complaining of neurotoxic, reproductive, and dermatologic effects. In most cases, these pesticides are used […]

    February 21st, 2017

    Measured irrigation for smallholders: more crop per drop

    Measured irrigation evaporator
    Bernie Omodei from Measured Irrigation writes about a very low cost innovation that may reduce the water consumption for drip irrigation by up to 50% without affecting the yield. The innovation uses the weather to control the irrigation scheduling rather than a program. The DIY (Do It Yourself) instructions in this blog can be applied to any drip irrigation application in any poor community. Upgrading drip irrigation to unpowered MI Many smallholders use gravity feed drip irrigation to irrigate a […]
    Bernie Omodei

    February 20th, 2017

    Establishing a water catchment network

    Aqua4East workshop
    Integrated water resources management (IWRM) is an important approach for the sustainable use of water resources, involving different sectors, while maintaining sustainability and observing regulation. Active community involvement is vital for a sustainable natural resources management approach. The principles of IWRM applied at a local level require a participatory community-driven approach where all water users and water sources are considered and prioritized by the communities. Aqua4East project in Kassala Under this project, IWRM committees were formed with 22 male and eight female […]
    Entisar Mustafa

    February 17th, 2017