The husband-and-wife team of Jim and Debbie Aung Din Taylor started small in 2004, but today the founders of the socially responsible company Proximity Designs work together with Harvard and Stanford Universities. 2012 was their most successful year ever, as they were able to better the lot of Burmese farmers with over 500 projects.
Those include foot-powered water pumps, simple-to-construct irrigation systems and mobile reservoirs which are both inexpensive and built to last. Products like these are the secret to success for the social entrepreneurs and their Rangoon design studio.
Xinhua News Agency (Mar. 8, 2011) A UN food study has determined that the adoption of ecological agriculture in poorer nations could double their food production within a decade. The study draws an explicit connection between ... watch video
AP (Apr. 1, 2014) A conservation group says Chinese logging and demand for monkey bones are threatening a rare monkey species in northern Myanmar. The Myanmar snub-nosed monkeys were recently captured on video for the ... watch video
Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Oct. 31, 2014) Tiny hair-thin muscles in the skin of batwings give the creatures unprecedented control during flight, according to researchers in the United States. The scientists hope to improve the aerodynamics ... watch video
Reuters (Oct. 1, 2013) Researchers at Stanford University are looking to one of nature's most agile creatures - the hummingbird - for design tips as they build the next generation of aerial search and rescue vehicles. ... watch video
Reuters - Innovations Video Online (July 12, 2016) A chimpanzee enclosure in Britain is trialling a new design tool that mimics the wild environment, encouraging the animals to move around using more natural behaviours. Matthew Stock reports.
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Reuters (Feb. 8, 2012) Israeli scientists have developed a small-scale method of analyzing microclimates using satellite images, to improve prospects for better farming. The researchers say the system could boost yields ... watch video
Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Sep. 6, 2016) Fish traders in southern Malawi are being encouraged to improve their yields and increase incomes by using solar tents to dry their produce. Amy Pollock has more.
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