Mushrooms are an excellent food and delicacy in many cultures across the world. They are a good source of protein, low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free, gluten-free, and contain several important nutrients. Three sisters found an opportunity in satisfying the growing demand for mushrooms in their home country and have built a thriving business that supplies fresh and dried mushrooms to supermarket chains, restaurants and hotels in Harare, Zimbabwe. Raised on a farm, Kundai, Eleanor and Rumbidzai have combined their skills, experiences, passion and love for farming and entrepreneurship to create an enviable partnership.
Shaima al-Amoudi tries to maintain the insulated room on her rooftop in the city of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. She prevents light from entering the room as much as possible, and keeps the humidity high, in an effort to succeed in cultivating mushrooms to improve her family’s financial situation.Many families of the Gaza Strip have lost their conventional breadwinners, pushing women to tap into mushroom cultivation as a vital alternative.
Amoudi, a mother of seven, began planting mushrooms nearly two years ago. “My husband does not have a stable job," she told Al-Monitor. "He works on and off, which provides an income of no more than 500 Israeli shekels [$120] per month. Due to the lack of better job opportunities that would contribute to the improvement of our income, I began to grow and sell mushrooms to restaurants.”
Growing mushrooms is one of the very few options women in Gaza have to face poverty and unemployment that has been prevalent ever since the imposition of the Israeli siege on Gaza in 2007. Doing such work to earn a living does not require much capital, and the production cycle is short, which contributes to a faster profit, according to economic expert Samir Hamattu. In addition, mushrooms are easy to plant and sell.
Mexican scientists say edible fungus grown in dirty diapers could cut nappy waste by more than 80 percent.
The researchers from Autonomous Metropolitan University in Azcapotzalco, Mexico, ground up wet diapers that had been sterilized and blended them with coffee grounds and other organic waste. The then added fungus spores and fertilizer to the diaper mixture.
The concoction was wrapped up in plastic bags and placed in a cool, damp room. Three months later, mushrooms had bloomed and the cellulose from the diapers had nearly disappeared, the researchers said in a statement posted on the university’s website.
Mushroom production is considered one of the most sophisticated agricultural industries in the world. Mainly because specialized, quality training in commercial mushroom farming is hard to obtain. It is a highly competitive sector, and in South Africa there are less than 15 black commercial mushroom growers, CCTV's Angelo Coppola reports on the industry.
Ever thought about mushroom farming before? This article tells the success story of these three sisters from Zimbabwe who have built a viable business from mushroom farming. It will leave you thoroughly inspired.
The Project aim to elevate the poor families improvished areas out of poverty trap through mushroom cultivation. Besides improving livelihoods, this project also educate the communities in the areas about alternative livelihood that environmental friendly, so it can support government programs that contribute in the MGDs sector of eradicating poverty, hunger and ensure environment sustainability.
Muslim Aid Indonesia are implementing the entrepreneurship education through mushroom cultivation project for 10 months.
The technique of Open filed cultivation of Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus spp.) in the Bamboo plantations, using Bamboo leaves as substrate, was first time developed by me in India. The demostrative trilas were laid out in a Thornless Bamboo plantaion of Mr. Balasubramnaian in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. The work was carried out under the Plan Scheme funded by STATE PLANNING COMMISSION, TAMIL NADU. The use of the bamboo litter (Leaf material) in the cultivation of oyster mushroom was the first attempt at Global level in recycling the natural waste using solid waste fermentation technique. This is technique is much useful to the Bamboo farmers as the decomposition of leaf litter takes several years. Using the Pleurotus fungus, the leaf materials can be decomposed quickly, with additional income from the mushroom marketing. The performance of the bamboo leaves is as good as that of paddy straw.
Modern cultivation methods have sparked a mushroom revolution in Cambodia.
The Cambodia Mushroom Farm is evasive, a ring of one-room structures hidden behind an unmarked gate on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Separate indoor environments make it possible for owner Saorithy Kim to control each stage of his mushrooms’ development. It is a practice that contrasts with traditional growing methods in the Kingdom and could revolutionise the industry.
“In Cambodia, the rice field is the traditional mushroom growing vessel. The mushroom grower likes to grow them not in the house but in the rice field so that they can do it during the dry season,” Saorithy Kim said. “But in the rainy season, they cannot do it… the yield, the output, is not sustainable.
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Benjamin Wagner, a Pound Ridge resident and Peace Corps volunteer, is establishing a mushroom collective in Nepal for female farmers that will help them earn money for their families and add a nutrient-rich supplement to their diets.
With assistance from a Peace Corps Small Projects Assistance grant, Wagner and a local women’s development committee have established six mushroom collectives, provided training for the women and built two mushroom cultivation houses.
The majority of Wagner’s community is comprised of subsistence farmers, and mushrooms – which can be dried – will provide both income and nutrition to the community during the off-season.
“In practice, food security involves agriculture, nutrition, income generation and more — it’s so all-encompassing that it seems, at times, overwhelming, but it can really be empowering,” said Wager, a graduate of Middlebury College who has been living and working in Nepal since 2013.
Thanks to an initiative by students of Ethiraj College and a microfinance company, women from slums become financially independent.The rear end of Ethiraj College once had a large vacant land which was used for parking. Now, there stands a thatched hut which is changing lives of eight women from Thideer Nagar slum close by .
These women were trained to grow mushrooms , which provides them with a monthly income. Their lives changed when a couple of students of Enactus Ethiraj, a group promoting social entrepreneurship, along with representatives of Equitas, a microfinance group working with people from low-income groups, approached them.
Muslim Aid Indonesia’s Nusa Tenggara Barat sub-field office is preparing mushroom cultivation training for the people of Tete Batu village, Kecamatan Sikur, Kabupaten East Lombok. The main agenda will run from January 26 to January 31st, 2015.
“As of now, we are still preparing the tools and materials for the training itself,” said Rama Aditya, Junior Field Officer Muslim Aid NTB.
According to Muslim Aid Indonesia’s database, at least 224,692 of East Lombok residents live under the poverty threshold. Therefore, Muslim Aid Indonesia believes that the training will be one of the solutions to improve the welfare of the people. In addition to that, the mushroom cultivation will also introduce the people to the climate change and disaster risks reduction in their own region.
The entire program is expected to finish in a course of 10 months. The anticipated completion date is May 30th, 2015.
The sight of teenagers selling mushrooms using mobile phones is becoming a familiar one in rural Namibia. Namibia Polytechnic faculty member Maurice Nkusi, designer of a cell phone–based curriculum, told the TechDailyNews that most of these children have never even used a computer. But the rapidity with which they master new technology reflects the era in which they are living. This is the first generation to have direct access to high technology. Cell phones today are nearly ubiquitous in African society. Teenagers and young adults are obsessed by them, carrying them around everywhere. The World Bank and African Development Bank report there are 650 million mobile users in Africa, surpassing the number in the United States or Europe. In some African countries more people have access to a mobile phone than to clean water, a bank account or electricity, the agencies add. The main catalyst for this explosive growth is the youth, Sudanese-born billionaire philanthropist Mohamed “Mo” Ibrahim told Black Money, an online business magazine. The former telecoms tycoon had over 20 million subscribers in Africa when he sold his company, Celtel, for $3.4 billion in 2005. Mobile technology has been a game changer for Africa. Youth, whom the United Nations defines as those aged 15 to 24, are seizing the momentum and rewriting society’s rules at the same time. Mobile lifestyle Teresa Clarke, the chief executive officer of Africa.com, a news website, told Black Enterprise magazine that for many Africans “the cell phone is their landline, ATM and email in one device. Cell phones are central to life.” Youth are using mobile phones for everything: communicating, listening to the radio, transferring money, shopping, mingling on social media and more. Furthermore, the industry has transcended divides between urban and rural, rich and poor. Cheap Chinese handsets are readily available, with some going for as little as $20. Africa has a history of inflating taxes for mobile consumers and operators, but countries like Kenya, recognizing that handset prices represent a barrier to development, removed their 16% general sales tax in 2009, increasing sales by more than 200%, the Global Mobile Tax Review reports. Mobile phone penetration in Africa has therefore increased rapidly in the past 12 years, going from 1% in 2000 to 54% in 2012, as stated in Deloitte’s report The Sub-Saharan Africa Mobile Observatory. Young people are the largest group using cell phones and their software applications, says Simthandile Mgushelo on his blog Voices of the World. In his country, South Africa, 72% of those between the ages of 15 and 24 have cell phones, according to the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF. “Beep me” culture
After the devastation brought by the Bohol Earthquake, the World Food Programme is working closely with members of the local Farmers Association in Barangay Villa Aurora, Antequera, Bohol, and has provided them with a new skill and livelihood – growing and harvesting mushrooms.
Carmelita Anuba, a resident of Villa Aurora, Bohol, lost her home in the earthquake. WFP's Food-for-Work is helping them rebuild their lives though a community mushroom cultivation project.
To complement local government programmes, the selected Food for Work participants chose mushroom cultivation as their project, despite lack of previous harvesting experience with it. To assist them, proper training on mushroom cultivation was provided to the participants. Like her fellow participants, Carmelita was enthused to expand her produce outside the usual taro, eggplant, and tomatoes one would find in her garden.
Cape Connoisseur Champignons (Pty) Ltd trading as the South African Gourmet Mushroom Academy® is the leading mushroom training and awareness provider in the Southern Hemisphere with a presence in key markets in Africa, Europe, East & South East Asia and the Indian Ocean Islands, serving companies as well as individuals.
With its modern training and marketing approach, the independent company offers a full portfolio of exotic and wild mushroom-related services, solutions and products, ranging from courses and events to distance education via e-Learning or correspondence.
South African Gourmet Mushroom Academy® educates and enlightens thousands since 2005 and is part of the global Mycotourism concept, which delivers mushroom-based activities through a workforce of networking. Headquartered in Cape Town, the company supports environmental initiatives through education.
The Korea Forest Resources Research Institute ofSouth Jeolla Province said on December 18 that it has succeeded in artificial cultivation of truffle, one of the highly prized haute cuisine items. Truffles usually grow in oak forests and have yet to be found in Korea in natural state. It is one of the world’s three most expensive food items, with its price reaching several thousand dollars per 100 grams.
Depending on its color, it is divided into black truffle and white truffle. Recently the demand for white truffle is on the rise in Europe and elsewhere. Still, the cultivation of truffles is quite limited in volume. The researchers at the Forest Resources Research Institute have experimented with European truffles by planting in different locations within the province with different cultivation conditions and recently succeeded in growing the mushrooms in large quantities.
Once the truffle-growing technique is adopted by local farmers, it is likely to be the first case of mass-production of truffles and will create a source of income for the farmers. Kim Hyun-seok, a research staff with the institute who was involved in the project, said, “We will try to develop better quality starter culture for truffles so that farmers within our province can get more income from the mushroom cultivation.”
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