Monthly Archives: December 2016

To end poverty without wrecking the environment, put people first—New series by Nathanael Johnson

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Nathanael Johnson, a talented food writer at Grist, a non-profit environmental news and commentary site based in Seattle, has published a thoughtful special series of eight articles around a question seldom looked at squarely in…

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Measuring the roles of livestock in rural households

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Measuring livestock systems—and the socioeconomic benefits they generate—remains a challenge due to a lack of high-quality, nationally representative data. Livestock is often neglected in many national statistical operations and, as a result, decision makers are…

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If Africa learnt to feed its chickens, it could feed its people—Calestous Juma

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Farmer from southern Ethiopia’s Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ region holding one of her household chickens (photo credit: ILRI Camille Hanotte). Written by Calestous Juma, Harvard University. Africa, which imports nearly 83% of the food it…

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Mission critical: Relentless upscaling of Africa’s agricultural production

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Farmland in Mali (photo by World Bank). ‘. . . [A]ccording to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, . . . [Africa] will . . . need to…

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Smallholder farmers and sustainable agricultural technologies

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
? ? Boost for Africa’s smallholder farmers’ access to sustainable agricultural technologies as USAID announces $ 50 million Africa RISING Phase 2 by JONATHAN ODHONG The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Food Security in…

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Why we need to listen to farmers

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
? Photo credit: CIAT An ecosystems approach to the SDGs in Africa: why we need to listen to farmers by Juliet Braslow To address all the SDG’s, we’re going to need to think like farmers. That…

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Rapid Losses of Africa’s Native Livestock Threaten Continent’s Food Supply (Science Daily)

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100720123633.htm Rapid Losses of Africa’s Native Livestock Threaten Continent’s Food Supply, Experts Warn ScienceDaily (July 20, 2010) — Urgent action is needed to stop the rapid and alarming loss of genetic diversity of African livestock that…

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Brachiaria grasses could be the cornerstone of productive and resilient livestock systems

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
? Photo credit: CIAT Blog Study finds 40% more milk and tens of millions of dollars in revenue possible for African farmers adopting new drought-resistant pasture grass by Georgina Smith New varieties of high-quality, drought-resistant forage…

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Smallholder dairy farming systems in the highlands of Ethiopia: System-specific constraints and options

Originally posted on LIVES-Ethiopia:
Blanket recommendations of technologies and improved practices could be one of the reasons for low adoption of interventions by agricultural systems which are highly diverse in agro-ecological and socio-economic conditions. The purpose of classification of farming…

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Publish or perish: Towards diagnosing, and solving, chronic underinvestment in developing-country research

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Figure 1. Gross expenditure on R&D (GERD) across regions, in purchasing power parity (UNESCO Institute for Statistics). ‘. . . In 2012, the share of the world’s articles with at least one African author was…

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The rise of ‘superbugs’ presents a nightmare scenario—the beginning of the end of modern medicine

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Scanning electromicrograph if the interaction of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus (MRSA) bacteria (coloured blue) with a human white cell. The bacteria shown is strain MRSA252, a leading cause of hospital-associated infections in the US and UK (image credit: National…

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Are equity and accountability a likely outcome when foxes and chickens share the same coop? 

Originally posted on Food Governance:
Critiquing the concept of multistakeholder governance of food security[1] By Nora McKeon This entry is part of a special series of blog posts about the UN’s Committee on World Food Security (CFS): The Future of…

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Access vs excess to antibiotics: The dual antimicrobial resistance issue facing the world

Originally posted on ILRI news:
ILRI veterinary epidemiologist and food safety expert Delia Grace (photo via Flickr ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto). This opinion piece, written by ILRI scientist and program leader Delia Grace, was originally published by Devex on 16 Dec 2016.…

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Africa’s potential for intensifying production by practising ‘ecological agriculture’ (New Agriculturist)

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
Read at : http://www.new-ag.info/en/book/review.php?a=2149 Climate change and food systems resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa Edited by Lim Li Ching, Sue Edwards and Nadia El-Hage Scialabba Published by FAO Website: Earthprint (to purchase this book) or FAO website…

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In 2050, Africa will scarcely be able to grow enough food for its own population.

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
? ? Can Africa feed itself? https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161213074109.htm Date: December 13, 2016 Source: Wageningen University & Research Summary: In 2050, when the population of Africa is two and a half times larger than now, the continent will…

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Food security: A Unique Urban Garden

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
? Photo credit: Balcony Garden Web Vegetables that are productive, for example, beans, tomatoes, peppers, etc. are the most suitable for urban gardeners. Other vegetables like spinach, lettuce, carrots take less space and productive too, this…

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Improved varieties of groundnut for processing that offer at least twice the potential quantities of oil for extraction.

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
? Photo credit: ICRISAT Women at the groundnut processing center. Photo: WOFAN GROUNDNUT VARIETIES WITH HIGHER OIL CONTENT EMPOWERING WOMEN IN NIGERIA Using improved varieties of groundnut for processing that offer at least twice the potential…

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Can smallholder farmers take a leading role in addressing the twin challenges of food security and environmental sustainability?

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
A farmer in Himachal Pradesh, India. Smallholder farmers can contribute to the search for climate solutions (photo credit: Neil Palmer/CIAT). Paul Kagame, the president of the Republic of Rwanda, says experience from that country shows…

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First map of smallholder farms in the developing world: They produce more than half the planet’s food calories

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Role of MAA classifications in regional production. (a) Percentage of food calories produced in each of three regions originating in units classified by MAA. Includes calories delivered from 41 major crops into the food system,…

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WhatsApp for Agriculture: Digital Farming highlights the need for Digital Agriculture Extension

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
I remember one time I was asked to walk 10 kilometers away from home to find a local buyer to sell our marakuja and papaya fruit so that my parents could pay my school…

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Youth Network in Agriculture: we connect and rejuvenate the world

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
At the occasion of YPARD 10 years, Marina Cherbonnier, the current communications and knowledge manager, expresses what the added value of YPARD is, as an international network of young professionals in agriculture. I was…

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One in three people suffers some form of malnutrition – Enormous economic burden

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
? Photo credit: FAO A farming family in Kyrgyzstan takes a break from the day’s work to share a meal. Malnutrition in the crosshairs One in three people suffers some form of malnutrition – Enormous economic…

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