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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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Animated Earth

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A fascinating 3D globe which shows air currents and lots of other data. View in real time or review past data. A must use site for geographers.
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Michail Darley's curator insight, August 27, 8:28 PM

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The Middle East Conflict's Roots in Geography - WNPR News

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The Middle East Conflict's Roots in Geography WNPR News Last week, President Barack Obama made his case for increased U.S. intervention in Iraq and Syria.


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Allison Anthony's curator insight, September 17, 6:25 AM
Everything is based on geography!
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Scottish Independence

"Scotland is about to vote on whether to secede from the UK. There are solid arguments on both sides."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 16, 1:04 PM

Admittedly, this video is filled with stereotypes, bad words and a strong political bias all delivered in John Oliver's trademark style--it's also filled with incorrect statements which I hope most people can recognize as humor, but it captures college students' attention.  If, however, you are looking for a more insightful piece, I recommend Jeffrey Sach's article titled "The Price of Scottish Independence," or this summary of the 9 issues that would confront an independent Scotland.  Independence in Europe today doesn't mean what it used to, and this vote will be fascinating regardless of the outcome.    


Tags: devolution, supranationalism, politicalEurope, UK.

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Why We Love Repetition in Music: Explained in a New TED-Ed Animation

Our favorite pop songs have a repeating chorus. You can pretty much bank on that. But, as it turns out, repetition isn't just a phenomenon in Western music. You'll find it in many forms of music across the globe. Why is this the case? What makes repetition a fairly universal feature in music?

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Slow walkers on cellphones, a Chinese city has a lane for you

Slow walkers on cellphones, a Chinese city has a lane for you | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
A section of sidewalk in Chongqing has designated lanes for the distracted smartphone user, not that they necessarily notice
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Christopher L. Story's curator insight, September 16, 11:40 AM

Now...to install them in schools.

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Japan: More and more, a land of centenarians

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Reaching the century mark remains a relative rarity for humans, but it is increasingly less so, and perhaps nowhere more than in rapidly aging Japan.

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9 maps that reveal London's secret history from Shakespeare till today

9 maps that reveal London's secret history from Shakespeare till today | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
From unsolved murders to pagan burial sites, London's shocking history in topographical form

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Squatters on the Skyline

"Facing a mounting housing shortage, squatters have transformed an abandoned skyscraper in downtown Caracas into a makeshift home for more than 2,500 people."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 15, 4:10 PM

This video is one of my favorites in my placed-based geography videos collection.  This skyscraper was once a symbol of wealth, and in an incredible paradigm shift, it has now become is occupied by squatters. The lack of a vibrant formal economy and more formal housing leads to a lack of suitable options for many urban residents--especially with problems in the rural countryside. A complex web of geographic factors needs to be explained to understand this most fascinating situation. This NY Times article from 2011 still shows some great concepts on why informal housing develops and this PRI podcast gives us a 2014 update--that the Venezuelan government plans to clear the Tower of its residents.  


Tags: Venezuela, South America, squatter, urban, planning, density, urbanism, unit 7 cities.

Linda Denty's curator insight, September 16, 6:29 PM

Wow!  This is a great discussion starter for Geography classes.

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Scottish Independence: New flag for UK?

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Members of the Flag Institute have created designs for what the Union Flag could look like in the event of independence

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 13, 4:58 PM

I've already posted various links this week on Scottish independence and what it might mean, but I think these two are also worth considering.  Flags are the great icons of state identity, and a UK without Scotland might reconsider it iconography.  This links to an article from the Telegraph and a photogallery with 12 'candidate flags' for a UK that does not include Scotland.  Why might some resist the idea of creating a new national symbol?


Tags: devolutionhistorical, political, states, sovereignty, autonomy, Europe, unit 4 political, UK.

CT Blake's curator insight, September 13, 9:27 PM

For those that love the notion of national flags and all they represent, a fun pondering of what a revised Union Jack might look like.

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Scaling the mountains of Colombia

In this web exclusive clip, Mo Rocca tours the Colombian countryside and gets "up close and personal" with the side of a mountain.
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China-Philippines Territorial Dispute: Ancient Maps 'Debunk' Chinese Claim ... - International Business Times

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Map: How the Ebola Outbreak Spread through Africa – Ebola Outbreak - FRONTLINE

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From Patient Zero to today, here is a look back at how the West Africa Ebola outbreak grew to become the worst on record.

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What Each Country Leads The World In - Maps on the Web

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What Each Country Leads The World In
This list of top international rankings by country includes global-scale lists of countries with rankings, sorted by country that is placed top or bottom in the...

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The big questions facing Scottish independence - in charts.

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YES or NO? It's big and it's complex, so we've broken down the issues facing Scotland around the 18th September referendum into 9 simple charts.


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Allison Anthony's curator insight, September 17, 6:24 AM
Further explanation on what may take place tomorrow!
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White House struggles with Mideast geography - Washington Post (blog)

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White House struggles with Mideast geography Washington Post (blog) Maybe before they extend the airstrikes against the Islamic State too far, the White House might want to double check the geography.


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Why this Ebola outbreak became the worst we've ever seen

"The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more people than sum total of all the previous outbreaks since the virus was first identified in 1976. This video explains how it got so bad."  


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 16, 10:07 PM

In a word, geography.  The geographic factors facilitated the diffusion of Ebola and have slowed down the preventative measure and limited their success.  This shows how porous borders, cultural patterns of health care, limited facilities a low literacy rates all contribute to to creating this nightmare.


Tags: medical, development, diffusion, Africa.

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Why this Ebola outbreak became the worst we've ever seen
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ISIS eradicates art, history and music from curriculum in Iraq

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Families in Mosul are keeping their children home from school out of mixed feelings of fear, resistance and uncertainty
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16 Children & Their Bedrooms From Around the World…

16 Children & Their Bedrooms From Around the World… | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
What did your childhood bedroom look like? Chances are if you grew up in a westernized world, it had a solid bed, scattered toys, and wall decorations that creatively expressed the type of child you were, and hinted at the person you were to become. What you may have taken for granted, however, a large percent of others will never experience. There’s no right or wrong pertaining to living situations, but many unique lessons to be gained from acknowledging that the type of childhood one is given has an impressionable effect on their future.

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dilaycock's curator insight, September 15, 8:20 PM

What a great way to connect with students and discuss issues such as lifestyle, living standards, health etc.

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Personal geographies - perspectives and worldviews

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Alexander von Humboldt

"Have you heard of Alexander von Humboldt? Not likely. The geologist turned geographer and South American explorer was a bit of an 18th century super scientist, traveling over 24,000 miles to understand the relationship between nature and habitat. George Mehler details Humboldt’s major accomplishments and why we should care about them today. See this TED ED lesson plan that accompanies the video."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 18, 4:23 PM

Alexander von Humboldt has been described as the last great ancient geographer concerned with understanding an eclectic cosmography as well as the first modern geographer. He is honored far and wide throughout Latin America and Europe, but given that intellectually people are confused as how to categorize him and classify his contributions, today he is under-appreciated.  Geographers need to reclaim his memory and call his extensive, globetrotting work on a wide range of subjects 'geography.'    


Tags:  historicalbiogeography, unit 1 Geoprinciples, TED.

David R. Perry's curator insight, September 11, 9:41 PM

History does not always remember all it should.

Nancy Watson's curator insight, September 14, 11:35 AM

Notable Geographer and geologist

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▶ "Stream of Cocoa" is Flowing Again in Papua New Guinea - YouTube

Cocoa is the main source income for thousands of farmers in Papua New Guinea. However since 2006, a devastating pest destroyed most of the country's cocoa. A World Bank project is working with small farmers to recover through new varieties of cocoa and better farming methods.


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Graham Watson's curator insight, September 15, 3:29 PM

A developmental story looking at how World Bank intervention has helped the cocoa farmers of PNG get back on track, largely by getting advice from the experts and diversifying into other, hardier varieties of cocoa.

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We Are What We Eat: Documenting Dinners Around the World

We Are What We Eat: Documenting Dinners Around the World | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
National Geographic Photo Blog

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, September 15, 7:30 PM

Culture and Agriculture Unit.

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Culture and agriculture unit

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Colombia's resurgence

Colombia still has its problems, but the country is clearly on the upswing and hopes to attract 4 million tourists this year. Mo Rocca heads to Colombia to report on the once-troubled nation's recent resurgence.
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The Scottish battle for independence

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As the nation casts ballots on whether to preserve its 300-year-old partnership in the U.K. or go it alone, observers fret about the results of a vote that's too-close-to-call
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Does English still borrow words from other languages?

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"English language has 'borrowed' words for centuries. But is it now lending more than it's taking, asks Philip Durkin, deputy chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. "

 

Knowledge of what is being borrowed, and from where, provides an invaluable insight into the international relations of the English language.  Today English borrows words from other languages with a truly global reach.


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Pranav Pradeep's curator insight, February 6, 3:20 PM

English is still a language that is made off of other languages, not many if any of our words were not atleast based off of someother language!

Amanda Morgan's comment, September 13, 6:08 PM
Words of the English language were borrowed from other numerous languages. Foreign words will continue to be introduced to the language with the growth of globalization
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Words of the English language were borrowed from other numerous languages. Foreign words will continue to be introduced to the language with the growth of globalization

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Scotland's Decision

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From Catalonia to Kurdistan, nationalist and separatist movements in Europe and beyond are watching the Scottish independence referendum closely.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 11, 2:50 PM

This issue reverberates on many different scales.  As the video embedded in this article demonstrates,  Scotland's choice on September 18th would obviously impact the local region as some seek to use Scottish history as a rationale to reshape the current political and cultural identity of the region.  Some of the votes are already in and Scottish independence would not only have the potential to reshape the UK and EU, but it could also add some fervor to the various other separatist movements around the world, such as Catalonia.  


Tags: devolutionhistorical, supranationalism, political, states, sovereignty, autonomy, Europe, unit 4 political.

Barbara Goebel's curator insight, September 13, 12:00 PM

Compare and contrast Scotland's bid for independence with events leading to American independence. How does a culture decide to change its political geography?

Nancy Watson's curator insight, September 14, 11:36 AM

Scotland, the site of nationalist and separatist movements, is one to watch as they vote. What the ramifications would be are yet to be seen

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40 maps that explain the Roman Empire

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2000 years ago today, the Roman Emperor Augustus died. His reign marked the start of a 200-year period of peace and prosperity for the empire.

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