MRR Innovation Lab researchers are partnering with Nyala Vision Savings and Credit Cooperative in Kenya to test financial contracts for rain collecting water tanks, including a layaway savings plan, an asset-collateralized loan and a hybrid option that enables farmers to save towards the loan’s deposit.
Undergraduate student Johnathan Ho found a passion project at the Knights Landing One Health Center which provides healthcare services to the rural farming community of Knights Landing, Calif: creating a community garden for the area’s underserved population.
Alex Hobbs, a Ph.D. candidate in agricultural and resource economics at UC Davis, learned to code so he could build an app to help women in Kenya make decisions about livestock insurance. SimPastoralist lets families facing drought learn firsthand how livestock insurance works. Game data also offers insights on designing index insurance to respond to women’s needs.
Brief presentations of 15-20 minutes will reflect the multi-disciplinary and policy-oriented nature of the group and will be accessible to scholars of immigration across fields. They will touch economic, social, legal, and political themes linked to migration as well as historical and human-cultural ways of looking at this phenomenon.
Excessive use of nitrogen-based fertilisers is contributing to numerous environmental problems, but a more balanced approach is necessary if the world’s growing population is to be fed. The global nitrogen challenge therefore involves both reducing fertiliser use, and getting it to where it’s needed most.