Africa and Beyond
2.1K views | +0 today
Africa and Beyond
Africa, the Middle East, Food, Agriculture, History and Culture
Curated by diana buja
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by diana buja
Scoop.it!

BURUNDI: Fears of looming food shortage

BURUNDI: Fears of looming food shortage | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
There are fears of a looming food shortage in Burundi after heavy rains damaged two successive harvests, say officials.
more...
Chia Yi Xuan's curator insight, February 3, 2013 4:17 AM

From this article, i can infer that agriculture plays an important role in maintaining the food supplies for everyone. It also says that whenever the people in Burundi are ready to harvest their crops, the climate or heavy storm will destroy it, the supplies of food that is stored in the people's house are also running out. There is also a rising prices in food as so most people cannot afford it and have to plant their own agriculture but it is destroyed twice by strong and heavy storm. It is also stated in the article that food stocks are depleting and there is a need for new supplies. I feel very sorry for the people living there as when they are ready to harvest their food, it will always get destroyed. I hope more people will help them by donating food supplies to them and helping them out.

Rescooped by diana buja from YOUR FOOD, YOUR ENVIRONMENT, YOUR HEALTH: #Biotech #GMOs #Pesticides #Chemicals #FactoryFarms #CAFOs #BigFood
Scoop.it!

The Great Escape: Gene-altered crops out of control - grow wild.

The Great Escape: Gene-altered crops out of control -  grow wild. | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

— Environmental Health News

Throughout North Dakota, little yellow flowers dot thousands of miles of roadsides. These canola plants, found along most major trucking routes, look harmless. But they are fueling a controversy: They prove that large numbers of genetically modified plants have escaped from farm fields and are now growing wild. About 80 percent of canola growing along roadsides in North Dakota contains genes that have been modified to make the plants resistant to common weed-killers.


Via pdjmoo
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by diana buja
Scoop.it!

PLoS ONE: A Dig into the Past Mitochondrial Diversity of Corsican Goats Reveals the Influence of Secular Herding Practices

PLoS ONE: A Dig into the Past Mitochondrial Diversity of Corsican Goats Reveals the Influence of Secular Herding Practices | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

If you can wade thru the technical reportage, the discussion section  is rather fascinating (if you're into goat-breeeding...):

"A young descendant female is usually chosen according to its mother's and grandmother's family, taking into account its desirable productive traits as well as its abilities to endure the tough conditions.

 

Animals coming from the same family/pool will live together and move together more easily and naturally. Such “familial” behaviour is extremely beneficial to the cohesion of herds under free-ranging exploitation and especially during the movements on the pasturelands (transhumance).

 

On the contrary, introduction of new animals from other herds can induce significant disturbance in the herd movements by breaking the cohesion of the group. This practice of herders of course has the effect of reducing the genetic diversity...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by diana buja
Scoop.it!

The folly of the “palaeolithic diet”

The folly of the “palaeolithic diet” | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
There's this new fad going around called the "palaeolithic diet" (or at least, that's what it should be called. I'll have none of this American "paleolithic" thank you very much). It is essentially...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by diana buja
Scoop.it!

New Rice Varieties Offer Benefits to Growers / October 31, 2011 / News from the USDA Agricultural Research Service

New Rice Varieties Offer Benefits to Growers / October 31, 2011 / News from the USDA Agricultural Research Service | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

Nice to learn that indigenous african rice (Oryza glaberrima) played a role in developing this variety.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by diana buja
Scoop.it!

Calls for GMO Labeling Keep Cropping Up

Calls for GMO Labeling Keep Cropping Up | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

The latest example of that persistence is legislation proposed in Washington state that would require genetically engineered foods, or food items that contain genetically engineered foods, to be labeled so consumers can make an informed choice about what they buy.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by diana buja
Scoop.it!

farmlandgrab.org | So much to lose than gain in foreign land investments

farmlandgrab.org | So much to lose than gain in foreign land investments | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
The Guardian (Tanzania) discusses with Stanslaus Nyembea, Programme Officer for Lawyers Environmental Action Team (LEAT), on foreign investments and land grabbing in Tanzania...
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by diana buja from YOUR FOOD, YOUR ENVIRONMENT, YOUR HEALTH: #Biotech #GMOs #Pesticides #Chemicals #FactoryFarms #CAFOs #BigFood
Scoop.it!

WHERE ARE THE TREES? Razing the land of natural life for Agricultural Linear Patchwork Quilts SLIDESHOW

WHERE ARE THE TREES? Razing the land of natural life for Agricultural Linear Patchwork Quilts SLIDESHOW | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

We levelled the land of forests and all life in them and carefully, mathematically plotted the land with big agriculture and big machinery to produce more for profit, nor more for nutrition.  This is the result:

Agricultural fields can bear a stunning resemblance to linear, patchwork quilts – at least, when viewed from the air – as these 15 examples show!


Via pdjmoo
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by diana buja
Scoop.it!

ICARDA :: Sustainable Agriculture for the Dry Areas

ICARDA :: Sustainable Agriculture for the Dry Areas | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas: agriculture, research, training and publications...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by diana buja
Scoop.it!

Food Fights And Class Warfare - OpEd

Food Fights And Class Warfare - OpEd | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
There was a time when full tables signified prosperity and thick waistlines were considered attractive.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by diana buja
Scoop.it!

Food scarcity is a dangerous myth

Food scarcity is a dangerous myth | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
More than 40 years ago, Paul Ehrlich's The Population Bomb proclaimed that "the battle to feed humanity is already lost," and today almost a billion people go hungry.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by diana buja
Scoop.it!

At the Nexus of Agrofuels, Land Grabs and Hunger – Part 1 - IPS ipsnews.net

At the Nexus of Agrofuels, Land Grabs and Hunger – Part 1 - IPS ipsnews.net | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
While the United Nations climate talks in Durban enter their ninth day of political feet-dragging, researchers and peasants around the world are busy connecting the dots between so- called...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by diana buja
Scoop.it!

Shifting cultivation and the development of a cultural landscape during the Iron Age (0–1500 AD) in the northern Sahel of Burkina Faso, West Africa: Insights from archaeological charcoal 10.1016/j....

And thus changes in popultion and farming.livestock practices change with clilmatic changes - as today:

"Cultivation was practiced in park savannas, an agroforestry system with protected wild fruit trees interspersed in the fields. During the first millennium AD, extensive cultivation with long fallow periods was practised. With the beginning of the second millennium AD, fallow periods became shorter and the influence of cattle herding on the vegetation increased, changing the composition of the woody vegetation. Decreasing precipitation and anthropogenic pressure eventually led to the much lower species diversity of the modern woody vegetation.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by diana buja
Scoop.it!

Activist Post: Confessions of a Lukewarmist

Activist Post: Confessions of a Lukewarmist | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

"The piece directly attacks the notion that carbon dioxide emissions are warming the globe, concluding with:

Every candidate should support rational measures to protect and improve our environment, but it makes no sense at all to back expensive programs that divert resources from real needs and are based on alarming but untenable claims of ‘incontrovertible’ evidence.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by diana buja
Scoop.it!

Food & Environment Reporting Network Launches | Food and Environment Reporting Network

Food & Environment Reporting Network Launches | Food and Environment Reporting Network | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

"Over the past four decades, coverage of food and agriculture has waned in the mainstream press at the same time as the impact of a more industrialized food system on public health has become increasingly severe,” said editorial boardmember Ruth Reichl. “Without detailed investigations into food and agriculture, our understanding of humanity’s impacts on the environment is incomplete and related policy changes ineffective.”

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by diana buja
Scoop.it!

Dispute Over Drug in Feed Limiting US Meat Exports | Food and Environment Reporting Network

Dispute Over Drug in Feed Limiting US Meat Exports | Food and Environment Reporting Network | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

When Elanco studied the drug in pigs for its effectiveness, it reported that “no adverse effects were observed for any treatments.” But within a few years of Paylean’s approval, the company received hundreds of reports of sickened pigs from farmers and veterinarians, according to records from the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by diana buja
Scoop.it!

Analyzing the Sheep Genome for Parasite Resistance / October 18, 2011 / News from the USDA Agricultural Research Service

Analyzing the Sheep Genome for Parasite Resistance / October 18, 2011 / News from the USDA Agricultural Research Service | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

Aussi scientists have been working quite successfully over a decade to develop more nematode tolerant sheep; it's not a unique, find in the States...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by diana buja
Scoop.it!

Healthy Animals 48

Healthy Animals 48 | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

This is good news: tick-borne diseases are a major cause of weakness and death of livestock here in the tropics.

"Developing a vaccine to help control East Coast fever in Kenya could lead to a vaccine for Texas cattle fever, which is a problem for cattle producers in the United States, says ADRU entomologist Glen Scoles.

"That's because these parasites and the ticks that transmit them are so similar," Scoles explains. "Proteins we identify in one organism can also be studied in the other."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by diana buja
Scoop.it!

farmlandgrab.org | West Africa: The downside of foreign land acquisitions

farmlandgrab.org | West Africa: The downside of foreign land acquisitions | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Population growth and rising consumption by a minority of people around the world are fuelling global land acquisitions and Africa is a “prime target”, says the International Land Coalition.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by diana buja
Scoop.it!

New Agriculturist: News brief - Predicting suitable crop varieties and management to adapt to climate change

New Agriculturist: News brief - Predicting suitable crop varieties and management to adapt to climate change | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
A project to help smallscale farmers adapt to likely climatic changes long before they take place has just begun in Kenya and Zimbabwe.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by diana buja from Agricultural Biodiversity
Scoop.it!

Contract farming is good for you — official

Contract farming is good for you — official | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Many people say that giving smallholder farmers a stronger position in market chains is one of the best methods of helping them out of poverty, and that applies particularly to the neglected, orphaned, underused etc crops that are our bread and...

Via Luigi Guarino
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by diana buja
Scoop.it!

Dow and Monsanto Team Up On the Mother of All Herbicide Marketing Plans

Dow and Monsanto Team Up On the Mother of All Herbicide Marketing Plans | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Working in cahoots with its erstwhile rival Monsanto, Dow is on the verge of unleashing a chemical gusher onto US farmland—with the USDA's blessing.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by diana buja
Scoop.it!

Food Fights And Class Warfare - OpEd

Food Fights And Class Warfare - OpEd | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
There was a time when full tables signified prosperity and thick waistlines were considered attractive.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by diana buja
Scoop.it!

farmlandgrab.org | West Africa: The downside of foreign land acquisitions

farmlandgrab.org | West Africa: The downside of foreign land acquisitions | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Population growth and rising consumption by a minority of people around the world are fuelling global land acquisitions and Africa is a “prime target”, says the International Land Coalition.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by diana buja
Scoop.it!

Farm-level adoption of soil and water conservation techniques in northern Burkina Faso 10.1016/j.agwat.2004.09.002 : Agricultural Water Management | ScienceDirect.com

Modest changes are possible in response to increased populatons; changes in climates:

"The Results indicate that the most significant variables for the adoption of both of these conservation adoption are training and small ruminants holding. Variables such as education and perception of soil degradation are determinants only for the adoption of zaï technique...

more...
No comment yet.