Drought Resistant Technology

Desert Agriculture in the Navajo Nation

As of April 1, 2015, the Navajo Nation Council instituted an extra 2-cent sales tax on junk food and sugary drinks within the borders of its sovereign territory, the largest reservation in the U.S., which extends across parts of Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico.  The tax, put in place as the Healthy Diné Nation Act, is intended to discourage consumption of foods without nutritional value and in turn make healthy foods like whole fruits and vegetables more affordable.  The Council plans to spend the revenue raised from the new tax on health and wellness programs.

 

The Transformative Power of the Commons

On February 11, 2015, NPR News highlighted a report issued by Lawrence Berkley National Lab’s Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies.  The report lists 51 technology “breakthroughs” that the authors

Drought and Food Security in Brazil

      January 28-29, 2015 saw the third annual summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in San José, Costa Rica.  The summit was attended by 21 heads of state from across the region.  Included in its plan of action was a resolution to implement a plan submitted to CELAC by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which set a goal of eliminating hunger in the region by 2025.  The threat to regional food security posed by climate change was one of four key strategic points identified in the plan. 

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Hybrid High-Yield Wheat

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Sandstorm Mitigation

Technology which can be used to help alleviate and reduce the problems in inner Mongolia caused by sandstorms originating in the Gobi.

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Anti-desertification and Revegetation

Techniques which can be used to improve land quality and reclaim land from desertification.

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Gobi Tree Greenhouse

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Use local abundance to construct an appropriate greenhouse that can weather the harsh climate and extend the tree growing season of in the South Gobi Desert.

Commodity: 
Haloxylon ammodendron trees on farm, land near Dalanzadgad city and airport, water springs, well, glass, municipal waste from Dalanzadgad, coal fired electric plant within 10 kilometers. No electric on site but transport to site and roads are very good, easy for glass transportation.
Custom & Culture: 
Haloxylon ammodendron trees are popular in the Gobi Desert as they have large root systems and bring water from depths to the surface. Bark and needles are water rich and provide a food and water source for grazing animals and livestock.
Knowledge: 
Haloxylon ammodendron seeding, planting, growing and harvesting expertise. Local business acumen and local business network links.
Money: 
Value is currently unknown.
Technology: 
Well, pumps, water drip systems, generators, garden equipment
Well-Being: 
Livestock have successfully lived in partnership with this tree for a very long time. Cultivation of the tree is a relatively recent phenomenon but provides the local economy and environment with many benefits. Trees reduce desertification, provide food/water for animals and humans, reduce erosion and provide employment in cultivation, sales and replantation.
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