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California, a key agriculture state in the United States (US), is facing one of the worst droughts in history. The frequency of severe droughts may be increasing due to climate change. Better water efficiency may offset the impact of severe droughts now, and in the future. Improving water efficiency in agriculture, a sector that accounts for 70% water usage, is a priority. Although some farmers have adopted existing agricultural water conservation practices, the majority of farmers have not adopted practices described here. Understanding the barriers to adoption is important to increase adaptation of conservation practices by more farmers.

Access to electricity is critical for emerging countries to improve opportunities to work, learn, and thrive economically. In sub-Saharan Africa, the problem is acute, with nearly 620 million people that do not have access to electricity. Those that do have access in both the rural and urban areas of this region rely on diesel fuel generators. 

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Alexandra Chen, Elizabeth Grobbel, Kenneth Johnson, Jill Kiepura, Kyle Murphy, Benjamin Sevald

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Geoff Burmeister, Sommer Engels, Ben Hamm, Andrea Kraus

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Matthew Weibel, Valerie Tran, Stephen Scheele, Caitlin Jacob, Joseph Halso

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Ali Al-Heji, Rachel Chalat, Josh Cornfeld, Sarah Mostafa

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The goal of this project is to marry the traditional with the modern by recycling a renewable resource within farming communities of Telangana state in India. Minor irrigation ponds are man-made banked earth structures used to store rainwater, and have been in use in Telangana for centuries. These ponds have to be de-silted to keep up their water storage capacity, with the silt being applied to agricultural land in place of artificial inputs (fertilizers and pesticides).

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Jeff Jay, Will Kletter, Maite Madrazo, Josh Novacheck, Rory Pulvino

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