Here’s how fruit is inspiring earthquake-proof buildings

By Leeanna McLean Researchers are analyzing the integrity of coconut walls for inspiration in developing building designs that can withstand earthquakes and other natural disasters. Coconut palms are known to grow up to 98′ high. Coconut shells consist of three layers to protect the inner seed and prevent the ripe fruit from splitting when they fall […]

FAS Capacity-Building Efforts in Central America Yield Benefits There and at Home

Posted by Robert Schubert, FAS Office of Capacity Building and Development, on June 27, 2016 Pablo Chacón, a young Guatemalan farmer who is studying agroforestry at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Turrialba, Costa Rica, can now show the people in his home community how livestock grazing and hardwood forests can […]