The last sunday of every month, East Austin is overtaken by a festival of free happening at Chestnut Community Park.
Chalk this up as yet one more think I didn't know about. The Really Really Free Market is a gathering for reuse, recycling, sharing and community building, from 1-3 pm. My Irish class isn't meeting this Sunday so I think I may go check it out. Read more about it here.
A very good TED talk about crop insurance in sub-saharan Africa, including building the price into the price of seed, and using satellite technology to help predict/measure rainfall for the farmers who are insured. Think of microinsurance the way you think of microloans.
Born and raised in Tanzania, Goslinga was working for the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture in 2008 when the minister had a bold idea: could they offer insurance to small farmers to protect them in case rain didn’t come when needed? Goslinga ran with the idea and founded the Syngenta Foundation’s Kilimo Salama program, which is Swahili for “safe farming.” Last year, it insured 185,000 farmers in Kenya and Rwanda against drought, and it was recently spun into a company called ACRE.