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Africa, the Middle East, Food, Agriculture, History and Culture
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Sahel food crisis. We need to act NOW

Alasan Senghore, director of the Africa zone for the IFRC give a call for action in order to prevent another huge food crisis in the Sahel region. For more i...
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Global food prices likely to fall in 2012 - World Bank - Commodities |monitor.co.ug

Global food prices likely to fall in 2012 - World Bank - Commodities |monitor.co.ug | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
With weakened consumer purchasing power resulting from sluggish global economic performance, food prices are expected to drop in 2012, according to the World Bank.
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UWA to evict 6,000 in Amuru tomorrow - National |monitor.co.ug

UWA to evict 6,000 in Amuru tomorrow - National |monitor.co.ug | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
At least 6,000 residents of Apaa, in Pabo Sub-county, Amuru District, could be homeless should Uganda Wildlife Authority decide to evict them from East Madi Game Reserve tomorrow.
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What Bill Gates gets wrong on GE, every time

What Bill Gates gets wrong on GE, every time | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Influential philanthropists like Bill Gates hold a responsibility to be well informed about the impacts of their spending — and their words.

Late last month in his annual letter on his foundation's priorities, Gates asserted that lack of support for genetically engineered (GE) crops allows world hunger to endure. He is WRONG.

 

^Waiting for a Gates' rebuttal...


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The Early Rice Project: From Domestication to Global Warming | Fuller | Archaeology International

The Early Rice Project: From Domestication to Global Warming | Fuller | Archaeology International | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

Link to Dorian Fuller's article on rice domestication and global warming in asia - The Early Rice Project: From Domestication to Global Warming...

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Research strategy to realize Africa’s tremendous rice potential unveiled

Research strategy to realize Africa’s tremendous rice potential unveiled | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Cotonou, Benin: 1 February 2012
A product-oriented strategic plan presenting a clear vision of success to help Africa achieve almost 90 percent self-sufficiency in rice by year 2020 – with at l...
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Tanzania releases new disease-resistant cassava varieties

Tanzania releases new disease-resistant cassava varieties | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

The push to increase the production of cassava in Tanzania has received a major boost, thanks to a recent release of four new varieties that are tolerant to the deadly rot diseases of the crop--Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) and Cassava Mosaic...

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2012 Rice trade predicted to fall on weaker demand | Pattaya Daily News - Pattaya Newspaper, Powerful news at your fingertips

2012 Rice trade predicted to fall on weaker demand | Pattaya Daily News - Pattaya Newspaper, Powerful news at your fingertips | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
BANGKOK, Feb 1 - The international rice trade is forecast to fall by approximately 1 million tonnes, or 5 per cent, this year as improved harvest prospects in several major importing countries may reduce overall demand after achieving a worldwide...
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Govt: Poverty rate increased to 25.2 percent of population

Govt: Poverty rate increased to 25.2 percent of population | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Egypt's poverty increased to encompass 25.2 percent of the population in 2010-2011 as compared to 21.6 percent in 2008-2009, the Egyptian government said on Tuesday.

The announcement came at a press conference held by Major General Abu Bakr al-Gendy, the Chairman of the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, on the agency’s report concerning income, expenditure and consumption for the year 2010-2011.

However, he explained that “extreme” poverty had decreased to 4.8 percent of the population in 2010-2011 from 6.1 percent in 2008-2009.

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New bamboo charcoal technology promises to jump-start Africa’s bio-energy sector

New bamboo charcoal technology promises to jump-start Africa’s bio-energy sector | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

Great idea, BUT attention must also be made on regeneration of bamboo - a problem that I've seen in Sudan, Kenya and Burundi...

" Bamboo, a plant not often associated with Africa due to it not exploited, may be the key to combating soil degradation and massive deforestation on the continent. The plant can be used as an alternative source of energy.

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Chavez Threatens to Nationalize Banks Over Agriculture Loans to Farmers - Bloomberg

Chavez Threatens to Nationalize Banks Over Agriculture Loans to Farmers - Bloomberg | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

Here's one way to 'encourage' banks to give loans in the agr. sector:

"Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez threatened to take over the country’s banks if they don’t hand over 40 billion bolivars ($9.31 billion) for agriculture...

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Is There Any Hope For A Non-Genetically Modified Future in America, Or Africa?

Is There Any Hope For A Non-Genetically Modified Future in America, Or Africa? | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
One one hand we have the state of affairs in the US. On the other we have the future Bill Gates would like to manifest in Africa, all in the supremely laudable goal of reducing poverty and hunger. It's not a pretty picture for people or the planet.

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The Politics of Food - Standing Toe to Toe with the Apologists for Industrial Farming

The Politics of Food - Standing Toe to Toe with the Apologists for Industrial Farming | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Joel Salatin explains what's wrong with industrial farming and what's right with organic/biodynamic farming.

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African Agriculture: Interrogating Africa’s traditional communal land tenure systems

In all countries, rapidly increasing populations, climate and environmental pressures on the land mean that traditional land ownership system are not sustainable in the long term.

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Innovation of the Week: Rewarding Farmers for Providing Ecosystem Services | Nourishing the Planet

Innovation of the Week: Rewarding Farmers for Providing Ecosystem Services | Nourishing the Planet | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

In Africa, @ICRAF is using market-based approaches to help induce behavioral change on behalf of the environment.

By rewarding environmental stewards, instead of punishing wrongdoers, PRESA uses market-based approaches to induce behavioral change among ecosystem stewards to reduce poverty and conserve the environment.

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Medical center-based farmers markets improve health

Farmers markets at medical centers may contribute to greater wellness in surrounding communities while adding public health value to a market's mission, say Penn State College of Medicine researchers who have developed and evaluated a market...

 

Kill two birds with one stone.


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Ten Ways Monsanto and Big Ag Are Killing You—And the Planet

Ten Ways Monsanto and Big Ag Are Killing You—And the Planet | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

"Energy-intensive industrial farming practices that rely on toxic chemicals and genetically engineered crops are not just undermining public health, they’re destroying the planet...

 

There are less caustic types of industrial farming??


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Foundation support banana biofortification project in Sub-Saharan Africa

Foundation support banana biofortification project in Sub-Saharan Africa | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is collaborating with researchers at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) working on a banana biofortification project which aims to improve the production and nutritional value of bananas in sub-Saharan...
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Ghana’s good news has roots in agriculture

Ghana’s good news has roots in agriculture | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

It is always pleasant to learn good news in african agriculture:

"Ghana is the only country in sub-Saharan Africa likely to meet both the Millennium Development Goals of halving the proportion of people in poverty, and the proportion of people who are hungry, by ...

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China to invest in agriculture innovation to boost food security

China to invest in agriculture innovation to boost food security | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Wednesday it would boost agriculture innovation in an effort to increase food output, signaling that the world's most populous country is trying to tackle outdated farm...
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Nitrogen fertiliser 'could prevent locust swarms' - SciDev.Net

Nitrogen fertiliser 'could prevent locust swarms' - SciDev.Net | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

I've seen swarms in Sudan and in Egypt - a horrible event.  Interesting findings:

"Contrary to popular belief, locusts are hampered by nitrogen-rich food -- a finding which could be exploited to control swarms.

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Global land grab could trigger conflict, report says

Global land grab could trigger conflict, report says | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

"In Liberia, where 30% of the country's land was reportedly allocated to investors between 2006 and 2011, local communities have temporarily blocked a Malaysian company's plans to plant oil palms on 220,200 hectares of land leased from the government...

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The Gambia’s hardy native ruminant livestock surveyed in bid to improve their conservation and productivity

The Gambia’s hardy native ruminant livestock surveyed in bid to improve their conservation and productivity | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Although livestock play a central role in rural development in West Africa, traditional livestock systems have high death rates, low reproductive rates and low offtake rates. Furthermore, the prese...
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UK to appoint food ambassador - FT.com

The UK is to appoint a food ambassador with a mandate to dismantle trade barriers and help British companies take their sausages, biscuits and cereals to Asia and beyond.
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