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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 Do We Only See One Side of the Moon? - YouTube

MinuteEarth provides an energetic and entertaining view of trends in earth's environment -- in just a few minutes!


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GeoEd on Instagram

GeoEd on Instagram | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"Fascinating combination of old urban sophistication, modern consumerism and the new spatial demands of the automobile. Spotted in Washington D.C., on the corner of 10th and G."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 1, 6:14 PM

So apparently Instagram's a thing.  Anyway, I created an account to share some on the physical and cultural landscapes that I find intriguing.  I also curate other pages here on scoop.it including:


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@serjios • Instagram photos and videos

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It is not about what you see but how you see it

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Damage from cancelled Canadian census as bad as feared

Damage from cancelled Canadian census as bad as feared | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The cancellation of the mandatory long-form census has damaged research in key areas, from how immigrants are doing in the labour market to how the middle class is faring, while making it more difficult for cities to ensure taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely, planners and researchers say.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 2, 11:25 PM

Canada got rid of the mandatory census, and is discovering it can no longer know much about itself. 


Tag: Canada, populationcensus.

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Polar bears get their special day

Polar bears get their special day | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
International Polar Bear Day celebrates the world's largest bear and land carnivore to highlight conservation efforts
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Suva's curator insight, February 28, 9:45 PM

The U.S. Geological Survey projects that two thirds of polar bears will disappear by 2050. I am appalled by the statistics shown. I am not an animal lover. However, I understand the importance of conserving animals like polar bears. These bears are having a difficult  time coping the change in their natural habitat due to global warming. Global warming has led to the melting of ice caps in North and South poles. I am pleased with the fact that the world is celebrating International Polar Bear Day in order to encourage the world to cultivate conservation efforts. This article shows that "Nobody can do everything , but everyone can do something" in order to put a stop to further melting of ice caps. I will also play my part to prevent further reduction in the size of ice caps. I have chose this article because this article tells stories of the polar bears which makes us sympathise them and put ourselves in the shoes of the polar bears. Thus, we are able to feel their pain and struggle. This encourages me to do my part in helping these pitiful creatures.

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Atlas Obscura raises $2M to become a National Geographic for millennials

Atlas Obscura raises $2M to become a National Geographic for millennials | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
New York-based digital media startup Atlas Obscura has raised $2 million as it looks to become a National Geographic for the digital age.

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These Maps Show How Much Trouble We'd Be in if the Sea Level Rises - TIME

These Maps Show How Much Trouble We'd Be in if the Sea Level Rises - TIME | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Vancouver, Seattle and London are all in trouble
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Frozen waves? Freezing temperatures causing slushy surf

Frozen waves? Freezing temperatures causing slushy surf | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
New England's record low temperatures have caused a semi-frozen wave phenomenon that a local photographer captured
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Time Lapse: Alpine

Time Lapse: Alpine | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Remarkable time-lapse film highlights the beautiful landscapes of the Italian and Swiss Alps. Video courtesy of Martin Heck and Timestorm Films. Like them on Facebook. See more of their work on Vimeo.
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In Louisiana, Desire for a French Renaissance

In Louisiana, Desire for a French Renaissance | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
From a long-running radio show to bilingual street signs, efforts are being made to preserve a vernacular once repressed by law.

 

This radio show is part of a conscious effort to sustain an iteration of French that followed its own evolutionary path here, far from the famed vigilance of the Académie française.  Many now believe Louisiana French to be endangered, even as other aspects of the state's rural culture flourish amid the homogenizing forces of modern life.  "We're not losing the music.  We're not losing the food," Mr. Layne said from his office, Ville Platte, a city of 7,500 about two and a half hours west of New Orleans. "But we're losing what I think is the most important thing, which is language."  

 

Tags: language, folk cultures, culture.


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◄ Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa [HD] ► - YouTube

Leaning Tower of Pisa - HD footage, information and facts on one of the worlds most famous towers, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The Leaning Tower is not only k...

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State and County Maps of New Jersey

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View Maps of New Jersey including interactive county formations, old historical antique atlases, county D.O.T. roads highway maps, links and more...
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Geography Soup

"A great resource full of great links to accompany the Geography Soup channel on Vimeo."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 3, 2014 7:19 PM

Geography Soup is a Vimeo channel designed to include interesting videos that are laden with geographic content in them.  This powerpoint slideshow has resources designed to help you get the most flavor and substance out of these (and any other) video resources.  This is especially great for K-12 students, physical and regional geography.


Tags: K12, video.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, October 1, 2014 11:22 PM

Course resource

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2015 Global eLearning Salary & Compensation Report Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

2015 Global eLearning Salary & Compensation Report Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The 2015 Global eLearning Salary & Compensation Report Infographic gives some of the highlights of trends in pay for eLearning professionals

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Visual Feast: If The World's Major Cities Were Made Of Food

Visual Feast: If The World's Major Cities Were Made Of Food | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
A charming photo series called BrunchCity re-creates metropolises in miniature, with famous local noshes as part of the architecture.
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Can India become a superpower?


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 6, 5:57 PM

India is a land filled will problems and potential, due its geographic context.  This regions is great for a regional geography course, that also includes a good overview of the entire South Asian region before discussing India's political situation in global affairs. 


Tagsdevelopment, India, South Asia, geopolitics.

Jyoti Chouhan's comment, March 1, 9:53 AM
Good thought....but not before other countries.
India is like Russia during the second World War. The population is enormous, but the resources haven't been used fully. India is growing in education and in the workforce, but it needs to keep its own citizens rather than have them deport to other nations.Until then they will not control this kind of problems,it is not possible.
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How the warming Arctic might be behind Boston's deep freeze

How the warming Arctic might be behind Boston's deep freeze | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
There may be a counterintuitive explanation for the deep freeze that hit New England this winter: The rapidly warming Arctic is causing big disruptions in the jet stream, which carries weather across North America. Is this the worst winter you've experienced?

 

Tags: physical, weather and climate, Arctic, Boston, climate change, podcast.


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Gail McAuliffe's curator insight, March 1, 11:12 AM

Perhaps this article will sway some climate change skeptics...

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The unlikely life of Afghanistan's first female taxi driver - Washington Post

The unlikely life of Afghanistan's first female taxi driver - Washington Post | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Some men condemn Sara Bahayi’s job. Her mother fears she’ll be killed. But she wants to support her family.
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The Big Melt: Antarctica's Retreating Ice May Re-Shape Earth

The Big Melt: Antarctica's Retreating Ice May Re-Shape Earth | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
On Antarctica, scientists find glaciers melting at an accelerating pace, threatening havoc
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The Eiffel Tower Is Now the Loveliest Electrical Generator in the World

The Eiffel Tower Is Now the Loveliest Electrical Generator in the World | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
What a lovely day for wind-powered electricity. (AP Paris/Jacques Brinon) The most famous architectural structure in the world is now the world's most famous icon to environmental sustainability.
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Quiz: Can you name the religions in these maps? - Washington Post (blog)

Quiz: Can you name the religions in these maps? - Washington Post (blog) | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Mapping the geography of American religion.
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Arabic words in English you didn’t even know you knew

Arabic words in English you didn’t even know you knew | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Algorithm and sofa, candy and apricot, algebra and zero, and so many more are actually Arab migrants.

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The Geographic Advantage

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We are living in an era of receding glaciers, accelerating loss of species habitat, unprecedented population migration, growing inequalities within and between nations, rising concerns over resource depletion, and shifting patterns of interaction and identity. This website provides 11 geographic investigations aligned to the geographic questions in the NRC Understanding Our Changing Planet report. The report focuses on the future directions in the geographical sciences and how these key questions will guide research to help us understand the planet on which we live.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 24, 2:54 PM

The four aspects the geographic advantage (as conceptualized by former AAG president Susan Hanson and solidified by the AAG team--see powerpoint) are:

1.  Relationships between people and the environment

2.  Importance of spatial variability

3.  Processes operating an multiple and interlocking geographic scales

4.  The integration of spatial and temporal analysis

 

To ensure that this advantage is harnessed, the AAG prepared 11 modules within these 4 categories of key issue facing the world:

--Environmental Change

--Sustainability

--Rapid Spatial Reorganization

--Technological Change


Tags unit 1 GeoprinciplesK12STEMsustainability, environment, spatial, technology.

tom cockburn's curator insight, February 27, 5:09 AM

Affects us all

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Take A Mouth-Watering Tour Of School Lunches From Around The World

Take A Mouth-Watering Tour Of School Lunches From Around The World | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Eating at the school cafeteria could've been amazing if you grew up almost anywhere but the U.S.

 

Tags: agriculture, food distribution. 


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Phil LAUGRAND's curator insight, February 27, 6:00 AM

education  may also start in sharing culinaries cultures...

Norka McAlister's curator insight, February 28, 6:49 PM

Location, climate, culture, and economic problems affect how people do things in certain environments around the world. The article mentions that schools “should be eating what grows around you,” but we cannot always rely on local agriculture since some products could actually cause more health problems for the public. Educational institutions, especially for children, should be the most concerned with this issue. Schools systems should be trained and ensure that their lunchroom meals adhere to nutritional standards and offer healthy choices for their students. Another problem is that some region’s agriculture may be affected by the climate and low farm budgets which forces schools to have to settle for non-natural and unhealthy food options in order to reduce costs

Amanda Pereira Triani's curator insight, Today, 8:53 AM

Food can show us about culture and health life. This article talk how kids eat in their schools around the world and compare it with the USA style food.

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Take A Mouth-Watering Tour Of School Lunches From Around The World (And The Embarrassing U.S. Equivalent)

Take A Mouth-Watering Tour Of School Lunches From Around The World (And The Embarrassing U.S. Equivalent) | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Eating at the school cafeteria could've been amazingif you grew up almost anywhere but the U.S.

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Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, February 24, 12:37 PM

Very interesting look at the geography of food - more specifically, the geography of school lunches.