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2014 News in Brief



Holly Josephs: Building Irrigation Systems in Ghana

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This past summer Holly Josephs ’16 spent two months in Ghana, funded by the MIT Public Service Center, helping design a rainwater harvesting tank made from plastic bags. The bags can store enough water during the rainy season to maintain a half acre of crops throughout the dry season, using drip irrigation. In addition to building 18 systems, she showed the local community how to continue using the irrigation system after her departure. She also engaged the community in better cultivation practices and use of the local moranga tree, which produces highly nutritious leaves and oil-rich seeds with multiple commercial possibilities. Read about the MIT Public Service Center: and the sponsor, MoringaConnect: