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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, 2:31 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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These fantastic maps showed us different worlds in 2014 - Grist

These fantastic maps showed us different worlds in 2014 - Grist | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
From rising sea levels and acidifying oceans to rural roads and dollar buses, these exercises in eco-cartography will open your eyes.
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What to Do in Casablanca - New York Times

What to Do in Casablanca - New York Times | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Morocco’s cosmopolitan port beckons with its convivial cafes, colorful markets, waterfront nightclubs and a palm-filled park for a quiet stroll.
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Unexpected Life Found In The Ocean's Deepest Trench - NPR (blog)

Unexpected Life Found In The Ocean's Deepest Trench - NPR (blog) | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
An expedition to the Pacific's Mariana Trench has found evidence that life exists miles below the surface. But it's not life as we know it.
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NOAA animation shows tsunami ripple across the globe

NOAA animation shows tsunami ripple across the globe | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
This computer simulation shows the path of the 2004 tsunami that devastated coastal communities around the Indian Ocean.
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The Big Dipper: A Useful Pointer in the Sky

The Big Dipper: A Useful Pointer in the Sky | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The Big Dipper is an asterism in the constellation Ursa Major. The familiar group of stars serves as a pointer to other locations in the sky.

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Maps - If All The Ice Melted

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If All The Ice Melted (full detailed composite) [6376x4840] CLICK HERE FOR MORE MAPS! thelandofmaps.tumblr.com

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World History Maps & Timelines

World History Maps & Timelines | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
World History Maps & Timelines. America, Asia, Europe, Africa, Oceania. Kingdoms, battles, expeditions. Political, Military, Art, Science, Literature, Religion, Philosophy.

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Where China’s future will happen

Where China’s future will happen | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

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oyndrila's curator insight, December 22, 10:44 AM

An insightful article that examines the process of urbanisation in China.

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Gravitational Pull

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"Revolution and rotation are the terms we use to describe the motions of the earth and moon. Revolution is the movement of the earth in an orbit around the sun.  The Earth completes one revolution around the sun every 365 days. The moon revolves around the Earth about once every month." 


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 14, 2:24 PM

Understanding the relationships between the Sun, Earth and moon are critical for for understanding the seasons, climate and other geographic factors.  This interactive simulates gravity unlike anything I've every seen on a computer screen. 


To exploring Earth-Sun interactions, playing around with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Sun Simulator is a fun way to make a little more sense of the various factors that control how the Sun appears in the sky.

Barbara Goebel's curator insight, December 23, 10:41 AM

Writing prompt: Specify a set of objects to put in motion, have them observe the interactions of the objects, then write to describe. For younger students, supply an observation organizer note sheet. For older students, the descriptions can be as technical as their math understanding will allow. 

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World Religions Astonishing Facts - YouTube

World Religions Christianity Islam Judaism Hinduism Sikhism Budhism Spread of Religions by time from 3000 BC to 2000 AD. Discover the origin of religions Per...

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 9, 1:03 PM

This video mapping the historical diffusion of major world religions is obviously an over-simplification but that is part of its value for students.  


Tags: historical, culturereligion, diffusion, mapping, visualization.

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Why We Need the Winter Solstice - New York Times

Why We Need the Winter Solstice - New York Times | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Night was once the only thing that put the human agenda on hold.
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How Rovaniemi, Finland Became the 'Official Hometown' of Santa Claus

How Rovaniemi, Finland Became the 'Official Hometown' of Santa Claus | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Rovaniemi or bust! (Reuters/Kacper Pempel) If you want to visit “the real” Santa Claus, there’s just one destination for you—Rovaniemi, a town near the Arctic Circle, in the Finnish province of Lapland.
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Coolest Archaeological Discoveries of 2014 - Live Science

Coolest Archaeological Discoveries of 2014 - Live Science | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
From the discovery of an ancient tomb in Greece to the first evidence of Neanderthal art, here are Live Science's favorite archaeology stories of the year.
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A Year In The Life of The Canterbury Tales Storied Beginnings - Daily Beast

A Year In The Life of The Canterbury Tales Storied Beginnings - Daily Beast | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Geoffrey Chaucer was England’s first literary superstar with Canterbury Tales. How he got there is just as fascinating.
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What Would Jesus Drink? A Class Exploring Ancient Wines Asks

What Would Jesus Drink? A Class Exploring Ancient Wines Asks | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The details of wine and winemaking practices in biblical times are debated among experts. But we do know that vino in Christ's day was very different from what we imbibe today.
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NatGeo Maps on Google

NatGeo Maps on Google | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. National Geographic Maps publishes more than 100 new print maps annually and is a leading developer of digital map content found in websites and award-winning mobile apps. All proceeds from the sale and licensing of National Geographic maps go to support the Society's vital exploration, conservation, research and education programs. www.natgeomaps.com


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 8, 8:33 PM

Have you ever wanted an archive of all the fabulous maps produced by National Geographic?  And what if you could preview a digital version of all of these NatGeo maps seamlessly on Google Maps?  That is exactly what this gallery delivers.   

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Oil Price Drops; Geopolitics Pops! - YouTube

Let's get rude with the crude! What's up with dropping oil prices world wide? Like the Titanic, they are going down my friends, and that has titanic geopolit...

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Dustin Fowler's curator insight, December 24, 8:06 AM

The Plaid Avenger discusses the geopolitical ramifications of lower oil prices across the globe.  In particular, he looks at the economic benefits this brings to the United States, and the problems this causes for the OPEC nations, as well as Russia- who's economic woes have been in the news in the last few days/weeks.  This video is relevant, and worth the watch.  

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Women & Agriculture

"In this Feed the Future video, narrator Matt Damon discusses the importance of increasing food production around the world and notes the importance of equipping women with the right tools, training, and  technology to see as much as a 30 percent increase in food production. To feed our growing population we need to increase food production by 70 percent before 2050. Women make up the majority of the agricultural workforce in many areas of the world."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 17, 1:03 PM

A colleague mine thought that the ideas in this video were so obvious and non-controversial, he said, "Why does this even need to be stated? Why would we exclude women from agriculture?"  The simple answer is that it wouldn't need to be stated if women around the world did have equal access to resources.  For many of the world's poor, this is where the rubber meets the road. 


Tags: developmentgender, agriculture, food production, labor.

AckerbauHalle's curator insight, December 23, 12:37 AM

Für die zukünftige Ernährung der Welt gibt es einen oft übersehenen Faktor: Gleichberechtigung von Frauen. Frauen sind in vielen Ländern für die Arbeit auf den Feldern verantwortlich. Gleichzeitig haben sie keine Rechte am Land und sind schlecht ausgebildet und - wenn überhaupt - schlecht bezahlt. 

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15 Amazing Places You Can Tour Virtually

15 Amazing Places You Can Tour Virtually | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
If you can’t check out these places in person, you can at least visit them virtually—no flights or road trips required.

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So, Today's the Winter Solstice. What Does That Mean, Exactly?

So, Today's the Winter Solstice. What Does That Mean, Exactly? | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Today is the real reason for the season: It’s the winter solstice! If you’re a purist, then raise your glass at 23:03 UTC (18:03 Eastern US time), because that's the moment the solstice occurs.
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11 Of The Most Unique Pieces Of Architecture Around The World

11 Of The Most Unique Pieces Of Architecture Around The World | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
If you build it… Architects know that great software can mean a world of difference, so check out all the amazing things you can create with Autodesk’s free educational software. It’s free.
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France abandons billion-dollar ship deal with Russia

France abandons billion-dollar ship deal with Russia | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
In 2011 France agreed to make two Mistral navy ships for Russia, but with increased military tension and Russia's involvement with the Ukraine crisis, France is backing out of the deal.
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Egyptian Cemetery May Contain a Million Mummies - History

Egyptian Cemetery May Contain a Million Mummies - History | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
According to archaeologists, a cemetery in central Egypt may contain 1 million mummified human bodies, making it the largest necropolis ever found.
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