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Even though farming is the primary or secondary occupation for most households in rural Nepal, marketing of agricultural tools and inputs have not taken off. The market of input and equipment supply has concentrated only in the flatlands of the Terai and near cities. The rural hills, where...

Canadian researchers developed a probiotic yogurt strain found to improve weight gain, reduce skin rashes, reduce diarrhea, enhance immunity in HIV patients, and reduce adsorption of heavy metals. Another team created freeze-dried starter cultures. Farmers can now locally produce 100 litres of...

The PowerPoint presentation provides an overview of the objectives of Research in Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) and the need to investigate the impact of OER in the context of the changing emphasis in Distance Education (DE). It expands on media types and the learning tasks...

Starting with a few dozen innovations that could collectively address multiple needs of the community, sustainable agriculture kits (SAK) provide a menu of innovations that are tested for adoption by smallholder farmers to reduce drudgery, increase farm productivity and improve lives....

Adding iodine to salt has been one of the world's most successful public health campaigns, reaching 5 billion people globally and 800 million people in India daily. A 20-year effort by Canadian researchers has come up with a cost-effective way to fortify salt with both iron and iodine—a feat...

Adoption and impact of Open Educational Resources (OER) in the context of Research in Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) are reviewed in this presentation. Reasons for lower OER adoption in the global south include: relevance of OER for various contexts; policy influence -...

Despite much progress in monitoring women's economic empowerment, there are large data gaps with respect to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly in low-income countries. Measures and measuring tools may not be meaningful unless they are closely aligned to a specific context. This is...

Contrary to economists' hypothesis that trade liberalization would reduce discrimination—including gender bias—through increased competition, Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) research shows that impacts vary: in a globalized economy, social protection and wage equity policies...

The conventional manner of innovation development and deployment have not been able to address the old and new needs of terrace farmers. The SAK Nepal project took a new approach to address their needs. Instead of trying to guess the innovations that may work, we as implementers introduced and...

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