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Publisher’s Comments and Table of Contents – December 2023

| 20th December 2023

Welcome to the Appropriate Technology December 2023 issue.

In this issue of Appropriate Technology, we welcome Marianne Comparet, co-founder and Director at the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases, London, to our editorial board.

Andy Crump, Editorial Board member, reports on the agrifood sector which continues to make remarkable strides; it is imperative to recognise and address the hidden costs associated with these advancements. He also looks at the technological ingenuity in the supply of drinking water.

This issue features a new section on “Distributed Manufacturing in Developing Countries”; Appropriate Technology will continue to publish on this theme during 2024, following on from the previous edition’s Last Word on ‘Scaling an Internet of Production that is ready for Disaster Relief’ by Andrew Lamb, Editorial Board member. This issue’s article sets out distributed manufacturing in more detail and upcoming issues will include case studies.

We report on Prolinnova's contest for innovators focused on water management in Burkina Faso and the Zanguga community in Ghana which showcases its efforts in revitalizing "Kundunvori" biodiversity.

A noteworthy highlight in the Sand Dams Worldwide Annual Report 2022/23 is shared by David Jordan OBE, the Chairman.

Discover practical guidance on constructing a vertical aquaponic system in a step-by-step format provided by Engineering for Change.

As we bid farewell to 2023, Appropriate Technology magazine undergoes notable transformations marked by the retirement of Colin Ley and the induction of new editorial board members. On behalf of the entire team at Appropriate Technology, I extend heartfelt wishes to all our readers and their families for peace, health, happiness, and prosperity in the approaching New Year. Season's Greetings.

Ras Patel - AT Publishing Director

Introducing Marianne Comparet, the latest addition to the Editorial Board.

Marianne Comparet is co-founder and Director at the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases, based in London. Marianne has an academic background in Development Economics, and prior professional experience in economics, statistics, and sustainable development. She has previously worked at the World Trade Institute in Bern, the emerging markets division of Citibank and at JP Morgan, before joining The Economist Newspaper as an Economist/Statistician. She is interested in multi-disciplinary approaches and tools to tackle some of the world's most pressing development and health challenges. She has lived in Jakarta, Paris and London.


Table of Contents

Publisher's comment and meet the new Editorial Board more

News briefing
Climate crisis hinders efforts to eradicate hunger and poverty
IFAD and Grow Asia to support farmers with digital tools
Jony Jos, India: farmer in Prolinnova Oversight Group
Experts join forces for African sustainable vaccine network
Bond appoints new CEO
Gender equality in rural areas essential to climate change adaptation
New Director of the SOAS South Asia Institute (SSAI)
IFAD launches innovative financing mechanism
Launch of ProVeg Malaysia

Agriculture and Food
Disastrous hidden costs of the world’s agrifood systems
Sweet potato: enabling higher production of Papul New Guinea's staple food
New app predicts rice yield from a single photo
Breeding breakthrough paves way for tuna farming on land
Seaweed: increased exploitation will help solve several world problems

Clean Water and Sanitation
Water stress – a major world problem
Saudi Arabia – oil and water do mix
Making seawater and wastewater drinkable - the MIDES touch
Desalination – new low-cost technological solution

Distributed Manufacturing in Developing Countries
Understanding and scaling distributed manufacturing

Be Part of the World’s Leading Event on Humanitarian Aid & Development: DIHAD 2024
Welcome to Geneva, new home for AidEx and Development2030
Global Development Network - Conference on Biodiversity & Sustainable Development

Education and Knowledge
Novel process for recycling plastic into fertiliser

Health and Wellbeing
Horseshoe crabs: losing the bedrock of modern medicines?
South-East Asian breakthroughs in eliminating tropical diseases

Engineering for Change
How to build a vertical aquaponic system

Competition for farmer innovators in managing water in Burkina Faso
Zanguga community in Ghana innovates to restore “Kundunvori” biodiversity

Sand Dams Worldwide
A note from our Chairman
Rural communities acquiring new resources and skills

Ashden Awards 58 Ashden Awards 2023 Winners

Events Calendar

Kamran Rafiq

Front Cover: IFAD launches innovative financing mechanism to support small-scale food producers to adapt to climate change in Eastern Africa.
Credit ©IFAD/Jjumba Martin (see page 12)



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