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Crop Diversification in Malawi

Crop Diversification in Malawi | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"The tiny black-eyed pea is about to wage battle in Malawi.  The small country in southeast Africa is the site of a project to help with food security, nutrition and income.  Western University researchers are among those who will work with 30,000 farmers to help diversify crops into protein-rich legumes, such as the black-eyed pea, a popular type of cow pea in Malawi."


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Tags: food, agriculture, Africa, Malawi, unit 5 agriculture.

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Seth Dixon's comment, March 15, 2013 8:44 PM
A good friend of mine is currently working for USAID in Malawi. This is what he had to say: I think crop diversification is really important here in Malawi. Most farmers have a heavy reliance on maize,which results in reduced hunger but there continues to be persistent malnutrition among children as their diets consist of mostly maize.Almost everyone here grows maize, you might be a school teacher or a health worker, but you are also most likely growing maize as well. Farmers are very risk averse here, so introducing a new crop takes time, finding the few willing to experiment and then using them to show their neighbors of the benefits. Other organizations are working on crop diversification here in Malawi, the US government, Catholic Relief Services, and other international development partners. Although not spelled out in the article, the majority of farmers are actually women, and agricultural production is typically for household subsistence with minimal cash cropping. As crop diversification increases, cash crops will provide more resources for families to pay for education and health for their families, but probably more importantly families will start diversifying their nutritional intake beyond maize. In a country where 42% of under 5 children are stunted, this will be a positive development. My wife was just out in the South of the country with CRS and was seeing some of the work that they are doing towards crop diversification as a result of USAID funding. She was really impressed to see how different vulnerable groups have been targeted by similar programs. She was able to see changes in rural villages in very insecure food zones. She saw how those lead farmers, willing to adopt new techniques or diversify crops, plant cash crops, etc, are reaping the benefits. Their neighbors are seeing it in action and are now adopting the techniques. It is not an immediate adoption, you have to give it time. These people are very risk averse, when set backs aren't just an inconvenience, but translate into starvation, it is understandable why it takes time. It also makes it more impressive when you find those willing to take the risks and try to set aside some land for a new crop. I am sure my agricultural colleagues would have more sophisticated answers but just some of my personal thoughts/observations."
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GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world!

GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world! | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
GeoGuessr is a geography game which takes you on a journey around the world and challenges your ability to recognize your surroundings.

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Edelin Espino's curator insight, September 10, 2014 2:31 PM

This is a really cool game! You should play it.

Allison Henley's curator insight, September 10, 2014 2:35 PM

Very addicting even though I'm not that great at it!! haha

Matleena Laakso's curator insight, October 5, 2014 4:55 AM

Tämä on hauska, muutaman kerran on tullut "pelattua".

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Why Are Migrants Surging Into Europe Now?

Why Are Migrants Surging Into Europe Now? | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The steady stream of migrants in past years has turned into a torrent this year. Here's a primer on the main forces at work.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 3, 9:07 AM

I've recently shared some news articles about the global refugee crisis, especially as the so many are surging towards Europe.  I've realized though, that many students are unsure what to make of the situation because they don't understand how we got here in the first place.  This article is organized to answer these basic questions: 

  • What's behind this crisis?
  • Why are they going to Europe?
  • How risky is the journey?
  • How are Europe and the international community responding?

See also this country by country analysis of source and destination countries (with a fabulous map) as well as this critique from within the Middle East about the Middle East. 


Tags: migration, political, refugees, regions.

Chelsea Martines's curator insight, September 3, 8:48 PM

There have been many many refugees that are Migrating to Europe recently. 300,000 Africans and middle easterners have gone to Morocco and then to Greece and other eastern Europe  and Mediterranean countries. These people are escaping wars and political turmoil and ripen is now having to deal with taking in all the refugees and help the families and young and old people especially that are in critical condition.

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Hungary’s response to the migrant crisis? A 109-mile-long, 13-foot-tall fence

Hungary’s response to the migrant crisis? A 109-mile-long, 13-foot-tall fence | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Those on the other side of the fence are not so happy.

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McKinley vs. Denali: Who Decides Names on a Map?

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National Geographic’s Geographer explains what the change means and why it’s important.


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New Orleans after Katrina: A tale of two cities

New Orleans after Katrina: A tale of two cities | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
A decade after the worst natural disaster in U.S. history, a devastated metropolis is still rebuilding, but one aspect of the city has remained stubbornly intact: Its divisions of wealth
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Refugees

Refugees | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

THE REFUGEES CRISIS In 2014, an average of 42,500 people became refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced every single day. 


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oyndrila's curator insight, August 30, 2:53 PM

About the refugees around the world.

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Europe's open-border policy may be nearing its end

Europe's open-border policy may be nearing its end | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
For 30 years, 400 million Europeans have traveled freely between dozens of countries, but terrorism, migrants and crime could stop that
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Europe's immigrant surge gets worse by the day

Europe's immigrant surge gets worse by the day | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Prosecutors in Hungary are asking to keep four suspects in custody in connection with the discovery of 72 bodies locked inside a truck in Austria near the Hungarian border
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Why India is still fighting over caste system - CNN.com

Why India is still fighting over caste system - CNN.com | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Caste discrimination was supposedly a thing of the past, CNN's Ravi Agrawal says, but recent protests show that the practice still influences life in India.

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Geography just keeps getting more popular – so what's the subject's secret?

Geography just keeps getting more popular – so what's the subject's secret? | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
As geography teachers return to school they will see their subject continuing to expand at all stages of education. For the fifth year running, GCSE entries have risen. At A-level, geography had the largest percentage increase of all the major subjects in 2015, with candidate numbers rising sharply by 13 per cent, following on from the 19 per cent increase in GCSE in 2013. Enrolment on undergraduate courses is running higher than national averages, and graduating geographers experience some of the lowest unemployment levels of any degree subject. Such positive news is welcome and provides a firm foundation for the introduction of the new GCSE and A-levels from September 2016.

So, what has happened to boost geography over the past 10 years? In short, it's a powerful mix of sustained advocacy, support from successive governments, independent evaluation and the slow trickle of messages getting through.

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, August 31, 7:06 AM

We touch the world in many, many ways during the day, in the news, in food selection and recipe choice, in clothing choice and music, in the selection of music and literature, and the reading of history what is not to like about geography?

Geography's curator insight, September 1, 1:56 PM

Geography is surely experiencing a growth spurt.  The addition of AP Human Geography has certainly helped, with growth rates of over 20% the past two years.  More and more schools in Wisconsin are now offering the course and we look for this trend to continue. #wiscocst

Luis Cesar Nunes's curator insight, September 3, 10:31 AM

popularity

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Video: New Orleans, 10 Years After Katrina

Video: New Orleans, 10 Years After Katrina | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The city that went under in the surging waters of Hurricane Katrina has not returned, not to how it used to be. A decade later, New Orleans is an improvisation, one that is establishing a new normal.

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Just making sure you were paying attention...


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 27, 4:39 PM

Because it's funny; that's why. 

Scott Greer's curator insight, August 28, 8:45 PM

All you need to know is that it is John Oliver....he's funny.

Gregory Stewart's curator insight, August 29, 9:26 AM

This is a pretty funny clip.

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Where The Hell Is Matt?

Where The Hell Is Matt? | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Dancing 2012» Dancing 2012» Dancing 2008 » Dancing 2006 » More Videos »

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, August 27, 5:04 PM

Love these videos to show how different the would cultures are and how they are not - everyone loves to dance - even if they are not always good at it.

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See where women outnumber men around the world (and why)

See where women outnumber men around the world (and why) | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"A new study maps the population gaps between men and women around the world."

 


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 19, 2:25 PM

This interactive map is a great way to show how the 3 questions of geography make statistical analysis become more meaningful (where, why there and why care?). There are plenty of reason to care about these spatial patterns and their far-reaching implications.  


Tags: genderpopulation, mapping, regions.

GIS mildogg32's curator insight, September 3, 10:07 PM

This article is about the imbalance of genders across the world. In former Soviet nations, women outnumber men 89 to 100, this is due to war, alcoholism, and early death of males in these nations. However, in China and INdia men greatly outnumber women because of the sexism involved in abortions when people find out they are expecting a girl. In Middle Eastern countries men out number women by 100, because of the sexism, but also many workers from Paksitan, Bangladesh, India, etc, leave their families at home when working in the Middle East. I think it is fascinating how wars that occured over 50 years ago still have a massive effect on gender imbalances. I also think it is sad that in this day and age women are aborted purely for being a woman. This matters internationally,  because the issue of feminism is so important in these third world nations as well as China and the Middle East. These imbalances are exactly what real feminism is about, and the movement needs to become more widespread across shores. 

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Dustpocalypse: Huge dust swirl in Iraq, Iran

Dustpocalypse: Huge dust swirl in Iraq, Iran | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
A punishing dust storm blasted east central Iraq and western Iran Tuesday.

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Even When You Go Off the Grid, You Might Still Be On It

Even When You Go Off the Grid, You Might Still Be On It | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"The images here, taken from the Instagram account @the.jefferson.grid show just a few of the landscapes that can be squeezed into the one-mile squares. The idea behind this sprawling checkerboard emerged after the Revolutionary War. As the United States expanded westward, the country needed a systematic way to divide its newly acquired lands. The original colonies were surveyed using the British system of 'metes and bounds,' with parcels delineated using local geography.  

 

That approach doesn’t scale very well, and Jefferson proposed to slice the young United States into gridded plots of land.  Jefferson's idea became a reality in 1785 when it was enacted as the Public Land Survey System. Today his grid covers much of the country, and it is still used to survey federal lands — an idea that shaped the physical landscape of half a continent."

 

Tags: images, land use, landscape, social media, planning, spatial, scale, historical.


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Dyna-e International's curator insight, September 1, 12:32 PM

No such thing as being off the grid really. 

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Amsterdam Canals

It was busy today on the Canals in Amsterdam. Especially at the junction Prinsengracht/Leidsegracht.

 

Tags: Netherlands, transportation, place, neighborhood, landscape, time lapse, video.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 31, 1:32 PM

Could this transportation network and system work everywhere?  If not, geography and place are critical factors to shaping the human landscape. 

John Lasschuit ®™'s curator insight, August 31, 2:19 PM

Look at how self-organised this works perfectly. It's just a matter of how you can solve things together.

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Greenville, SC, is a refined Southern city that cherishes history, even that ... - New York Daily News

Greenville, SC, is a refined Southern city that cherishes history, even that ... - New York Daily News | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Greenville, S.C., is a refined Southern city that cherishes history, even that of Shoeless Joe Jackson.
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45 Astonishing, Abstract Aerial Images Found on Google Earth - Feature Shoot

45 Astonishing, Abstract Aerial Images Found on Google Earth - Feature Shoot | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
In the fourteen years since Google Earth has redefined the map, using satellite and drone imagery, aerial photography, and government archived shots to chart and catalogue the world. Virtual travel is available with the click of a button, transporting us from Chile to China, Greenland to Antarctica, and back again.

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Map: The walls Europe is building to keep people out - Washington Post

Map: The walls Europe is building to keep people out - Washington Post | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
It isn't just Hungary.
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The threat to France’s Jews

The threat to France’s Jews | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Official figures indicate that over the last two decades the number of antisemitic acts has tripled. Between January and July 2014 official figures show that there were 527 violent antisemitic acts in France as opposed to 276 for the same period in 2013. Meanwhile half of all racist attacks in France take Jews as their target, even though they number less than 1% of the population.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 19, 9:27 AM

This great, but sobering article was written in January 2015, and unfortunately, the situation has not improved.  There is a lot of demographic changes and migration happening in the Western World right now, and this is but one component to larger forces reshaping the Europe.  Today many in the French Jewish community are now asking the uncomfortable question: is it time to leave France for good?  Antisemitism is not a thing of the past relegated to the World War II chapter of our history textbooks; many French Jewish families were originally from North Africa before they fled in the 1950s and 60s.  Now, France is Israel's largest source of migrants and Europe as a whole has a rapidly declining Jewish population (UPDATE: here is a video showing the French Prime Minister vowing to stop the rise of anti-Semitism in in France).    

 

Tags: Judaism, religion, Europe, migration, Israel,  France, racism, conflict.

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18 "Geography Fail" Media Gaffes

18 "Geography Fail" Media Gaffes | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Maps are hard. Not that hard, though.

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, September 14, 2014 11:33 AM

Unit 1 Geography Nature and Perspective. These people need perspective and a Geography course or two.

Scott Langston's curator insight, September 18, 2014 8:05 PM

I like the 'not that hard, though' tag.

Nancy Watson's curator insight, August 28, 1:07 PM

Why study geography?

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The Food Capitals of Instagram

The Food Capitals of Instagram | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Explore the popularity of some of the world’s favourite foods on Instagram. Discover Instagram’s capital of curry, which cities are big on burgers, and where pulled pork is most prolific.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 12, 8:41 PM

I was talking to a good friend about the geographic distribution of poutine after watching the silliest YouTube video. (Montreal is famous for it's poutine, but is in equally widespread throughout Quebec?  Canada?  Is there a core/domain/sphere areas to be mapped? These are the questions that plague geographers.).  True, this map has it's limitations; Instagram hashtag data isn't normalized so the biggest cities tend to pop out more easily, access/use of Instagram isn't uniform, etc.  Still, what a great map to show some geographic applications of social media data.  This sort of map also nicely shows the spatial concepts of region, diffusion, concentration and distribution.  


Tags: visualizationsocial media, mapping, culturediffusion, popular culture, regions, food.

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Europemapper - The social atlas of Europe

Europemapper - The social atlas of Europe | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
A Social Atlas of Europe

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How tens of thousands of migrants could help save Europe

How tens of thousands of migrants could help save Europe | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
A Serbian official suggests refugees currently journeying through her country should settle in its underpopulated villages.

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Essence of Place: What is it? - Don Enright

Essence of Place: What is it? - Don Enright | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Have you defined your park or historic site's essence of place? Can you identify what makes it absolutely, irreplaceably unique?

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, August 26, 2:52 AM

A very insightful article about 'sense of place'..."We know what our place is—and what it isn’t—and we understand how all of its wonderful qualities (its landscape, its history, its community, its sights and smells) add up to foster an ineffable feeling of place. We live and breath it every day."