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GKI releases Top 10 Tools for fostering Collaborative Innovation!

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Solving the most pressing challenges of our time requires that we capture the imagination, passion, and skills he many, rather the select few. Indeed, the challenges of food insecurity, climate change, and water and energy shortages will never be overcome by a single individual, institution, or discipline. Addressing such challenges requires that we find new…
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Training Update: GKI Works with Entrepreneurs in Kampala, Uganda

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The GKI team traveled to Kampala, Uganda in April, 2015 to work with The Uganda National Council of Science and Technology (UNCST) to train Ugandan researchers on key entrepreneurship skills for successfully launching ventures. In back-to-back intensive trainings, GKI trained two cohorts on entrepreneurship tools such as value propositions, rapid prototyping, and “strategy shaping” –…
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GKI Judges Innovations at 2015 Thought for Food Global Summit

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Through our Learning and Innovation Network for Knowledge and Solutions (LINK)  programs and Social Innovation Labs, the Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI) actively supports top agricultural innovations that address issues of global food security. This past February, GKI COO Sara Farley participated as a judge in the Thought For Food (TFF) Global Summit in Lisbon, Portugal. At…
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On the Path to Eliminating Coffee Potato Taste Defect

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For many people coffee serves as an important ritual in their daily routines; for others, coffee makes up most of their income. As the world’s second most traded commodity, after oil, coffee plays an integral role in many economies. For countries in the so-called “bean belt” in Africa-Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo-the…
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Rwandan prize winners test potato taste solutions

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For many people coffee is an important ritual in their daily routines—for others, coffee provides most of their income.  As the world’s second most traded commodity, after oil, coffee plays an integral role in many economies.  For countries in the so-called “bean belt” in Africa—Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo—coffee  accounts for a considerable…
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Empowering Small-Scale Farmers in Africa through LINK Round IV

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Four teams of intrepid African innovators form the centerpieces of the fourth round of the Global Knowledge Initiative’s (GKI) award-winning LINK (Learning and Innovation Network for Knowledge and Solutions) program. GKI is proud to work closely with the LINK winning team and three finalist teams, all selected by an independent, international technical committee. With small-scale…
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GKI supports Rwandan Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy Strategy and Implementation  

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Since the devastating 1994 genocide, Rwanda has enjoyed rapid economic growth and social transformation. It now stands as a model of effective governance and economic planning for Africa. Much of this success derives from a commitment to building the capacity of Rwandans, as well as through forward-looking economic policies and investments in science, technology, and…
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LINK Finalists Launch Bee Farming Project in Uganda

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Energized to tackle poverty in the Kamwenge district of Uganda, LINK Finalists Dr. Fredrick Tumwine and Dr. Frank Mugagga of Makerere University joined team members Jeniffer Tumwine of Kyabanswa Rural Integrated Farming Systems (KRIFS) and Mr. George Tunanukye of Bee Keepers Cooperative Savings and Credit Society (KABECOS) in Kyabanswa Village in mid-August. With approximately 65% of…
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