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EPA Grant Number: SU835374
Title: Affordable Greenhouses: Improving Livelihoods while Fostering Food Security and Sustainability

In many parts of the world food security is a challenge. In East Africa, sixty percent of the people are malnourished, and in some regions people are victims of famine. Greenhouses are one possible aid for local farmers to increase their yields and provide more food. A student team from Pennsylvania State University is designing an affordable greenhouse kit that uses recycled rice bags instead of greenhouse-grade plastic as a cover. Their design has the potential to provide affordable, easy-to-build greenhouses for sustenance farmers in developing countries.

Challenge Area(s): Agriculture, Water

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