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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 5:44 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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Europe’s Landscape Is Still Scarred by World War I

Europe’s Landscape Is Still Scarred by World War I | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Photographs of the abandoned battlefields reveal the trenches’ scars still run deep

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Humans change landscapes
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"Lest we ever forget"... 

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A geographical perspective of World War 1.

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What’s the Difference Between a Lake and a Pond?

What’s the Difference Between a Lake and a Pond? | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
You’re taking a summer stroll along a nice trail when you come across a body of water. “That’s a beautiful lake,” you think to yourself. Or ... wait. Is that a beautiful pond? What's the difference between the two, anyway?
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Wine Australia identifies and maximises the environment for sustainable demand for Australian wine

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dilaycock's curator insight, Today, 2:38 AM

Wine Australia has some useful information on the geography, history and economics of the Australian wine industry.

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If you’re on the beach, this map shows you what’s across the ocean

If you’re on the beach, this map shows you what’s across the ocean | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

“ The map above shows the countries that are due east and west from points along the coasts of North and South America. Many small island nations are (perhaps unfairly) excluded for ease of reading. Many thanks to Eric Odenheimer for sharing the map with Know More.”


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What A Week Of Groceries Looks Like Around The World | Fstoppers

What A Week Of Groceries Looks Like Around The World | Fstoppers | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
It seems as a people, we have a fascination with photographing our food. From Henry's series of riders, to looking on instagram we cant help but document what we consume. Photographer Peter Menzel started this intriguing series of one weeks of groceries from around the world, taking traditional food photography to a much larger scale.

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Check Out This Misleading Map of the United States!

Check Out This Misleading Map of the United States! | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Virginians name their boys William. Vermonters like Phish. Louisiana has gonorrhea. If you have an Internet connection, you’ve likely seen one of these maps of America, in which each state’s character is boiled down to a single predilection or predicament. The maps are undeniably entertaining: You check out the state...

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Why Israel is at war in Gaza, explained in less than 3 minutes

Why Israel is at war in Gaza, explained in less than 3 minutes | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
A short explanation of how the worst round of Israeli-Palestinian fighting in five years began.

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Africans Open Fuller Wallets to the Future

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Across sub-Saharan Africa, consumer demand is fueling the continent’s economies in new ways, driving hopes that Africa will emerge as a success story.

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, July 21, 4:31 PM

Core countries "mass consumption" and desire for cheap goods may help pull Africa forward.

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Child Marriage: 38,000 Girls Under-18 Forced to Marry Daily Around the World

Child Marriage: 38,000 Girls Under-18 Forced to Marry Daily Around the World | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Plan International Australia report reveals 14 million girls under-18 are forced to marry every year.

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CH3: On Southern Border, Mexico Faces Crisis of Its Own

CH3: On Southern Border, Mexico Faces Crisis of Its Own | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Mexico has announced plans for tightened deportation and border control policies as its migrant numbers surge in response to worsening gang violence in Central America.

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Special Reports: Walls around the world

Special Reports: Walls around the world | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
BBC Special Reports: Latest news and features, audio and video

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Satellites Are Now Cleared to Take Photos at Mailbox-Level Detail

Satellites Are Now Cleared to Take Photos at Mailbox-Level Detail | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The Department of Commerce just lifted a ban on satellite images that showed features smaller than 20 inches. The nation's largest satellite imaging firm, Digital Globe, asked the government to lift the restrictions and can now sell images showing details as small as a foot. A few inches may seem slight, but this is actually a big deal.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 17, 8:22 AM

As reported by the BBC, this change in the legal use of geospatial information could have a huge impact on many industries.  Some are fearful that it could represent an invasion of privacy, and others see this as a way to harness new satellite technology to provide higher resolution data and improved data quality for researchers. 


Tagsmappingimages, remote sensing, geospatial.

PIRatE Lab's curator insight, July 19, 10:18 AM

Here we go.  I was just at the ESRI conference in San Diego and Digital Globe is pushing this in a big way.

 

We seem to be concerned about "drones," but there are a host of technologies that should be equally concerning.  The cats of which are mostly already out of the bags.

 

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TV show puts 'fast and slow lanes' on D.C. sidewalk

TV show puts 'fast and slow lanes' on D.C. sidewalk | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Pedestrians walking along sidewalk in the nation's capital Thursday found themselves with a choice. (The National Geographic Channel made "Cellphone" and "No Cellphone" lanes in D.C.
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This Is What Happens When You Ask Contemporary Artists To Reimagine Maps ... - Huffington Post

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Do you remember the last time you looked at a map?
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A brief history of Bath's Roman baths - DigiNews

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BATH, England, July 17, 2014 — The Roman Baths for which this southwestern England city is named, are some of the most remarkable Roman ruins outside of Rome itself.

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Joy Kinley's curator insight, July 18, 2:43 PM

The town of Bath in England was named for the Roman Baths that were constructed here.  This was a resort town of sorts.  In the 18th and 19th Centuries it again became a fashionable place for people to vacation and take "cures" or mineral baths.  

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The Last Drop: America's Breadbasket Faces Dire Water Crisis

The Last Drop: America's Breadbasket Faces Dire Water Crisis | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Editor's note: This story is one in a series on a crisis in America's Breadbasket –the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer and its effects on a region that hel...

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 7, 7:06 AM

This isn't new, but it is a new development that the media is covering the issue that has been going on for decades.  The Ogallala aquifer is the primary water source in an agricultural region  from Texas to Nebraska in dry, but agriculturally productive states.  The reason behind their agricultural success in the dry high plains is that more water is being extracted from the aquifer than is naturally being replenished.  This is the obvious result of a human-environmental interaction where the individual actors are incentivized to deplete a communal resource.      


Tags: agriculture, agribusinesswater, environment, resources

Cory Erlandson's curator insight, Today, 6:44 AM

I used to teach students about the surprising water crises in central and SE Wisconsin, one of the most water-rich states in the US. They were always blown away. Now, teaching in CO, everyone seems to have an awareness (anxiety?) about local water scarcity. This story, though, has more of a national, even global scope. 

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Could this happen in Australia also?

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The New Scramble for Africa

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Thought colonialism was over? Our new interactive infographic shows how corporations like Monsanto are scrambling to carve up Africa's food system: http://wdm.li/newscramble

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The beaches where Lego keeps washing up

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A container filled with millions of Lego pieces fell into the sea off Cornwall in 1997. But instead of remaining at the bottom of the ocean, they are still washing up on Cornish beaches today - offering an insight into the mysterious world of oceans and tides.


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What If You Could Choose Between the Fastest Route and the Most Beautiful?

What If You Could Choose Between the Fastest Route and the Most Beautiful? | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

In the future, GPS directions may not always be destination-driven. (RT @RustBeltAnthro: What If You Could Choose Between the Fastest Route and the Most Beautiful?


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The island looking to China for brides

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As Japan's population shrinks, remote communities such as the island of Shiraishi Jima are feeling the changes.


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Allison Anthony's curator insight, July 21, 3:30 PM
Japan's population is declining. Not enough children are being born and many adults are leaving for the big cities or other countries. Who has population to spare, especially women? An unlikely neighbor.
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MacGyver - How to use a map - YouTube

And we thought maps could only be used to find your way ;-) Tip: add &fmt=22 behind the URL for the correct frame rate!

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, July 20, 7:36 PM

A good map will always get you where you want to go.

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Yes, Yellowstone's Roads Just Melted. No, There's No Reason to Panic

Yes, Yellowstone's Roads Just Melted. No, There's No Reason to Panic | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"Last week, a major tourist thruway in Yellowstone National Park had to be shut down because the road melted. The road’s Wicked Witch of the West impression was caused by high temperatures in both the air and under the ground. Yellowstone sits atop a volcanic hotspot, and that heat helped cause the asphalt to soften and oil to well up onto the surface."

 


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The World According to Maxwell Smart, Part 1

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“Get Smart” was ahead of its time. The world today is cleaving into “Control” and “Kaos.”

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MAP: How Asia is scared of China

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New Pew survey shows Asian fears of Chinese dominance and how the majority of the world favors the U.S. over China

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The Toll in Gaza and Israel, Day by Day

The Toll in Gaza and Israel, Day by Day | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The daily tally of rocket attacks, airstrikes and deaths in the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 19, 11:26 AM

As the violent nature of the Israeli Palestinian conflict has escalated, this NY Times article monitors the major points of the last few weeks.  The possibility of 'Peace in the Middle East' feels so remote, and this Onion article parodies the difficulties of actually achieving this.  On a personal note, Chad Emmett taught the "Geography of the Middle East" course while I was at BYU and I've always appreciated his perspective; here are his thoughts on recent events.  


Tags: Israel, Palestine, conflict, political, borders.

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The Man Who Planted a Forest Bigger Than Central Park

The Man Who Planted a Forest Bigger Than Central Park | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The Molai Forest in Assam, India is unusual for several reasons. The 1,360 acre forest is on a sandbar, for starters. The sandbar is the world's largest river island, Majuli. And, oh yeah, it was planted entirely by one hyper-dedicated, beautiful maniac named Jadav Payeng.

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Scott Holcomb's curator insight, July 17, 12:33 AM

Incredible! A great video to share with students!!!