Inside the ‘Near-Future Sensing Team’ at UNICEF

Erica Kochi (left) and Christopher Fabian (right), founders of UNICEF’s Innovation Unit.

By Kelsey Alpaio, Staff Writer

In 2013, UNICEF stopped a disaster in its tracks — a bacteria that was on its way to destroying the banana crop in Uganda. With more than 14 million Ugandans eating bananas every day, the country had an epidemic on its hands. On some farms, 90 percent of the crop had already been completely destroyed.

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