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Africa, the Middle East, Food, Agriculture, History and Culture
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Forgerons et sidérurgie en pays dogon

Forgerons et sidérurgie en pays dogon | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

Forgerons et sidérurgie en pays dogon:

vers une histoire de la production du fer sur le plateau de Bandiagara (Mali) durant les empires précoloniaux...

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Myos Hormos - Quseir Al-Quadim: Survey and excavations 1999-2003

Myos Hormos - Quseir Al-Quadim: Survey and excavations 1999-2003 | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

"This excavation was prompted by the idea that the site was not the minor port of Leucos Limen as had been thought by previous excavators from the University of Chicago but the important site of Myos Hormos. This site, in tandem with its sister harbour at Berenike, saw the bulk of Rome's trade with India and the East. The present volume deals with the survey and excavation of the site, with volumes on the finds to appear at a later date.

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Consumption, Trade and Innovation.Exploring the Botanical Remains from the Roman and Islamic Ports at Quseir al-Qadim, Egypt

Consumption, Trade and Innovation.Exploring the Botanical Remains from the Roman and Islamic Ports at Quseir al-Qadim, Egypt | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Islamische Zeit - Import...Volume 6 de Journal of African archaeology: Monograph series.
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Monsanto Corn Unlikely To Help Drought-Stricken Farmers | UCSUSA

Monsanto Corn Unlikely To Help Drought-Stricken Farmers | UCSUSA | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

Yesterday, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it would allow unlimited planting of a genetically modified variety of corn designed by Monsanto Co. to be resistant to certain kinds of droughts...

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Permaculture Is the Silver-Green Bullet for the Middle East

Permaculture Is the Silver-Green Bullet for the Middle East | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

“Permaculture made total common sense to me,” insists Nadia Lawton, “it also fitted with my life ethics a a Muslim.” While the first part of Nadia’s statement may not be considered unique, her remark about Islam is. Permaculture is defined as the design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems that have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. It basically looks at growing in a holistic framework which promotes sustainability, the conservation of resources and biodiversity.

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farmlandgrab.org | Big shots lead in land grabbing, says report

farmlandgrab.org | Big shots lead in land grabbing, says report | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Tanzania is among countries currently faced with increased pressure from foreign investors acquiring unprecedented sizes of land for various bio-fuel projects and food productionIt blames the media for being generally silent on the negative deeds perpetrated by local elites, focusing, instead on land problems with an external dimension.

The report reads in part: "National elites play a much larger role in land acquisitions than has been noted to date by media reports that have focused on foreign investors," and proceeds to note that this was a growing phenomenon among nations, and that the manner in which the land grabs were carried out left more harm than benefits...

-- True also here in Burundi - the role of local (natrional) elites in land grabs is growing.

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Kabondo Sweet Potatos Blog: Curing Sweet Potatoes

Kabondo Sweet Potatos Blog: Curing Sweet Potatoes | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Sweet potato farming has grown tremendously in the last decade.Kabondo division in Rachuonyo district, Nyanza province is known to produce 60% of sweet potatoes in Kenya..

During the sweet potato curing process, the starch is converted to sugar to give the tubers a very sweet taste. Also, the curing process heals the cuts and bruises sustained during harvesting enabling the tubers to develop a layer of suberin on the skin of the fleshy root which encloses each sweet potato tuber in its own "organic plastic bag." This new tough outer covering will be impermeable to moisture..

 

I think we'll try this with an upcoming harvest of sweet potatos in the village, and will post the results.

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Can ‘Climate-Smart’ Agriculture Help Both Africa and the Planet? by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360

RT @Oxfam: Can ‘Climate-Smart’ Agriculture Help Both Africa & the Planet?  Africa is the big prize. Its farmers are more vulnerable than any others to climate change. Some estimates suggest a hotter, more dire world could cut African farm yields by as much as 20 percent by mid-century. Currently, African soils are leaking carbon as they lose organic matter due to bad farming practices...

 

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Development Challenges for Africa in 2012 - Worldpress.org

Development Challenges for Africa in 2012 - Worldpress.org | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
With economic malaise in the West and a growing population of young people at home, Africa faces significant challenges and opportunities in the coming year.
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The Great Laws of Nature: Indigenous Organic Agriculture Documentary

This video depicts how a group of First Nations People in Saskatchewan Canada are reclaiming their Indigenous agricultural heritage, reconnecting with Nature...
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African Agriculture: Sweet potato gains new respect in East Africa

"The International Potato Centre (CIP) describes the sweet potato as a crop that grows in marginal conditions, requiring little labour and chemical fertilisers. It is a cheap, nutritious solution for developing countries needing to grow more food on less area for rapidly multiplying populations. It also provides inexpensive, high-protein fodder for animals...

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Sweet potatoes provide the major ingredient in the dog food that we make (there are no reasonable commercial dog foods here in Buirundi).  To that, we add rice, vegetables (cabbage or amaranths), and some bones-cheap meat.

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MONSANTO FINAL COUP IN AFRICA SLOWED.. FOR NOW: South Africa's Competition Tribunal denies merger to create seed duopoly http://ow.ly/8lNC0

The tribunal last week for the first time set out its reasons for prohibiting the transaction to merge Pioneer-Pannar stating that it would have led to a permanent change to the market structure by reducing the number of major competitors in the maize seed market from three to two.

The transaction would have resulted in a duopoly, with the three largest players, Monsanto, Pioneer-Pannar, being reduced to two players.

The three together hold 95% of SA’s national hybrid maize seed market.


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Putting a Price on The Real Value of Nature by : Yale Environment 360

Putting a Price on The Real Value of Nature by : Yale Environment 360 | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

Indian banker Pavan Sukhdev has been grappling with the question of how to place a monetary value on nature... (he) cited crucial benefits from nature that are often overlooked, including the capacity of wetlands for filtering water, the role of forests in preventing erosion and flooding, and the importance of bees in pollinating crops. “When did the bees last send you an invoice for pollination?” he asks.

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Boire avec esprit: bière de mil et société DOGON

Boire avec esprit: bière de mil et société DOGON | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Qu'ils soient ethnologues ou sociologues, les chercheurs africanistes ont trop souvent analysé les manières de boire en ne s'intéressant qu'à leurs effets - positifs ou négatifs - sur la cohésion du groupe.
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Glass from Quseir al-Qadim and the Indian Ocean trade

Glass from Quseir al-Qadim and the Indian Ocean trade | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
This volume is the final report on the first and second century a.d. and thirteenth and fourteenth century Islamic glass excavated at Quseir al-Qadim on the Red Sea coast of Egypt.
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Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, Volume 20, Number 2 - SpringerLink

Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, Volume 20, Number 2 - SpringerLink | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

This study of exotic food plant imports (in the Roman Period) highlights their value in understanding socio-economic impacts and changes in past societies.

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Seed Banks Contain Memory, But Not Enough Against GMOs

Seed Banks Contain Memory, But Not Enough Against GMOs | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

LEBANON harbors over 2600 plant species of which 119 are counted to be endemic. The unique climatic and landscape diversity in Lebanon has shaped 22 bio-climatic zones which fosters one of the most precious ecological services: genetic diversity.

Unfortunately, the conservation of biodiversity in Lebanon is increasingly at risk due the largely uncontrolled and unidentified introduction of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in the domestic market and the absence of national policies that specifically outline biosafety legislation.


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Guest post: Sustainable agriculture and food demand, by Tim Benton

Guest post: Sustainable agriculture and food demand, by Tim Benton | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
My personal view is that, by ecological, agricultural and social innovation, there are indeed a range of potential solutions to increasing production, reducing environmental impacts and also decreasing demand.

So, the consensus view is that demand will continue to rise; and so we must have both production AND sustainability as goals for agriculture. In the long-term, it is likely that societal and behavioural changes will re-tune our demand better to match supply. The pressure point is in the mid-century;

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Brown Revolution Brings New Hope - IPS ipsnews.net

Brown Revolution Brings New Hope - IPS ipsnews.net | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Picking spots for cattle to graze could reverse desertification and even do its bit
to retard climate change, new experiments in Zimbabwe have shown. It’s what
is coming to be called the Brown Revolution.
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India joins the rush to grab African farmlands – Newstime Africa

India joins the rush to grab African farmlands – Newstime Africa | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
African farmland. New Delhi – Indian-owned companies have joined the race with China, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, South Korea and the European Union in acquiring farmlands in Africa “at throwaway prices, indulging in ...
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The Seven Myths of Agriculture

This video covers the seven deadly myths of industrial agriculture as described in the book, "A Fatal Harvest. The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture".
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Sahel's looming food crisis gets swift response but no long-term answers

Sahel's looming food crisis gets swift response but no long-term answers | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

Governments and NGOs in the Sahel have learned from previous food crises to intervene before emergency strikes (RT @GdnDevelopment: Sahel's looming food crisis gets swift response but no long-term answers...

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There is need to look back in the history of the Sahel - irregular and poor rains have always been a feature, and yet the past few decades of development have largely proceeded as though farming conditions were similar to those found further south in Africa - that is, tropical and sub'tropical regions.

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Fast Food - Ads vs. Reality

Fast Food - Ads vs. Reality | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Testing fast food ads from Burger King, McDonald's, Taco Bell, and Jack In The Box, to see what you you actually get (or don't get, for that matter). False advertising 101.
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USDA Quietly Approves New GMO Corn, While Touting Safety of Agent Orange Ingredient

USDA Quietly Approves New GMO Corn, While Touting Safety of Agent Orange Ingredient | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Nearly 45,000 public comments were written opposing the newly approved corn variety and only 23 comments were written in favor, and other GMO crops are on the way.

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African conference calls for new agricultural universities | AfricanBrains

African conference calls for new agricultural universities | AfricanBrains | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
 [KAMPALA] East and Central African countries should establish a new generation of innovation-oriented agricultural universities that would help integrate research, training and extension services, a conference has agreed.

The conference called for more collaboration between research, training and extension service providers.

The recommendation came at the close of the first General Assembly of the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA), held in Uganda last month (14–16 December).
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