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Africa, the Middle East, Food, Agriculture, History and Culture
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African Agriculture: Colonial-era practices still influence African food production

"Under colonialism, African farmers were required to grow cash crops for export at the expense of subsistence farming and this has had an impact in the current food crisis on the continent, he said.

"They [African farmers] became dependant on selling their crop, rather than growing their own. I think that was the first disconnect in African food production."

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Why Food Prices Have Become So Volatile | Gold News

Why Food Prices Have Become So Volatile | Gold News | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

"Many factors seen over the past decade have produced higher food prices: population growth, urbanization, the decline of arable land per person, and the upgrading of diets for example. But more damaging than food inflation has been the pushing of global food prices out of their long, quiet envelope of stability...

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Food prices may ease in 2012 but won't drop: FAO

Food prices may ease in 2012 but won't drop: FAO | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
ROME (Reuters) - Prices of some foods may ease slightly in 2012 due to a slowing global economy but are unlikely to drop drastically from the high levels reached last year, the new director-general of...
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7 Agricultural Solutions That Will Save the Middle East « Green Prophet - a sustainable voice for the Middle East

7 Agricultural Solutions That Will Save the Middle East « Green Prophet - a sustainable voice for the Middle East | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

7 agricultural solutions that will save the Middle East. 

--Some interesting ideas here.

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Freedom to Riot: On the Evolution of Collective Violence | The Primate Diaries, Scientific American Blog Network

Freedom to Riot: On the Evolution of Collective Violence | The Primate Diaries, Scientific American Blog Network | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
From London to the Middle East riots have shaken political stability. Are the answers to be found in human nature?


“The timing of peaks in global food prices and social unrest implies that the 2011 unrest was precipitated by a food crisis that is threatening the security of vulnerable populations,” conclude the authors. “Deterioration in food security led to conditions in which random events trigger widespread violence.”

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Raw Food Diet | Weight Loss Diet | Eating for Energy

Raw Food Diet | Weight Loss Diet | Eating for Energy | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

"..The raw food diet presentation on this page will show you 3 raw diet tips that you need to put into practice if you really want to boost your energy, lose weight, and make raw food an integral part of your life. You'll be pleased to know this isn't any type of gimmick... these are REAL strategies that have helped me and tens of thousands of other people transform their lives.

 

-- More pop culture on food...

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The hills are alive with the sound of eco-agriculture!

The hills are alive with the sound of eco-agriculture! | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

The Chinese government's funding for research and development of genetic engineered food exceeds that of eco-agriculture by thirty times...Take a look at these examples of simple, eco-friendly methods to grow rice in China that are good for the Earth, and therefore good for China.

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The Antioxidant Racket | IdeaFeed | Big Think

The Antioxidant Racket | IdeaFeed | Big Think | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

A pseudo-scientific association between antioxidants and good health, created and maintained in the mind of the consumer, has created a health craze which, at best, is costing you money. At worst, it may be depleting your health.

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Ray of hope in food security as most difficult year passes on ...

Ray of hope in food security as most difficult year passes on ... | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

World News · East African Community · Press Releases ..Kiome urged farmers to sell their produce directly to National Cereals and Produce Board, since it fixed a higher produce price of Sh3,000 a bag and has a float of Sh5 billion, meaning it could buy an estimated 1.6 million bags still in farmers’ hands.

The ministry predicted that good harvests from Western, Nyanza and parts of Rift Valley, as well as improved rains in parts of the country would sustain domestic supply of food up to the first half of next year..

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In Congolese Capital, ‘Power Cut’ Applies to Food

In Congolese Capital, ‘Power Cut’ Applies to Food | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the French term délestage is used to describe power cutoffs, but when applied to food shortages, it illustrates a stark reality...The Berboks are practicing a Kinshasa family ritual almost as common here as corrugated metal roofs and dirt streets: the “power cut,” as residents in this capital of some 10 million have ironically christened it. On some days, some children eat, others do not. On other days, all the children eat, and the adults do not. Or vice versa...

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Top Six Food Politics Lessons Learned in 2011

Top Six Food Politics Lessons Learned in 2011 | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
This hasn't been a banner year for improving America's food system, food environment or food policies.
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Amazon.com: Crafting the Culture and History of French Chocolate (9780520221260): Susan J. Terrio: Books

Amazon.com: Crafting the Culture and History of French Chocolate (9780520221260): Susan J...Terrio finds that the chocolatiers affirm their collective identity and their place in the present by commemorating selectively their role in history..

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Air Emissions and Animal Agriculture

Air Emissions and Animal Agriculture | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

"As you venture through this site, you will find information about ...what causes farm odors, what farmers are doing to reduce odors and other emissions and what you can do to play your part in reducing air emissions worldwide.

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Kabondo Sweet Potatos Blog: The health benefits of sweet potato trendrils

Kabondo Sweet Potatos Blog: The health benefits of sweet potato trendrils | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

"So of what health benefits are the sweet potato tendrils? The tendrils refer to the threadlike stems of the sweet potatoes that hold the leaves and these can be consumed by people and have been found to be just as nutritious as the sweet people leaves and the sweet potato tubers...

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Agriculture today – golden age or wishful thinking? | Farm Press Blog

Newspaper articles today describe a ‘golden age’ of American agriculture. While the rest of America deals with unemployment, a sluggish economy and debt, American farmers presumably are having the time of their lives.
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New Agriculturist: Developments - Green light for yellow cassava

New Agriculturist: Developments - Green light for yellow cassava | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
In December 2011, Nigeria’s National Variety Release Committee formally approved three varieties of yellow-fleshed cassava, containing sufficient pro-Vitamin A to provide up to a quarter of daily requirements.

-- A very good thing, but will it be accepted in some areas (as here in Burundi) where WHITE cassava and cassava flour is preferred?

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Lambing time, sheep are seasonal breeders

Lambing time, sheep are seasonal breeders | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
lambing time, sheep are seasonal breeders and this article explains breeding, birth, afterbirth and other issues including the role of colostrum (What happens at lambing time?

-- True in the northern hemisphere where winters are cold, not here - where both sheep and goats tend to produce three times in two years.

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Saving Ethiopia’s “Church Forests” | PLoS Blogs Network

Saving Ethiopia’s “Church Forests” | PLoS Blogs Network | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

There are some 35,000 church forests in Ethiopia, ranging in size from a few acres to 300 hectares. Some churches and their forests may date back to the fourth century, and all are remnants of Ethiopia’s historic Afromontane forests. To their followers, they are a sacred symbol of the garden of Eden — to be loved and cared for, but not worshipped.

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Grow Your Own Food – Graphic T-Shirt — City Farmer News

Grow Your Own Food – Graphic T-Shirt — City Farmer News | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Grow Your Own Food – Graphic T-Shirt. Linked by Michael Levenston. From Brooklyn Industries. Get in on the urban farming movement and Grow Your Own Food in this women's graphic t-shirt. Just $12.99 here.

 

-- The pop side of hands-on agriculture.

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Eat Great, Healthy Food for Less Money | Care2 Healthy Living

Eat Great, Healthy Food for Less Money | Care2 Healthy Living | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Follow this guide to affording healthy, organic food, and you can still eat great while on a budget.
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Organic Food: No Longer Sustainable? | IdeaFeed | Big Think

Organic Food: No Longer Sustainable? | IdeaFeed | Big Think | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

Organic Food: No Longer Sustainable? Big Think Editors on December 31, 2011, 12:02 PM. Tweet · Organic_food_ss. What's the Latest Development? Are you buying beautiful organic tomatoes in the middle of winter? --Controversy surrounding the global organic market carries with it many questions associated with globalization in general: Organic farms from Mexico to Chile, who market mainly to fickle US consumers, are making money for their families and communities.

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House to raise agriculture budget - Daily Times Nigeria

House to raise agriculture budget - Daily Times Nigeria | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

Nigeria: House to raise agriculture budgetDaily Times NigeriaThe House of Representatives has expressed a desire to increase the 2012 budget proposal for the agricultural sector in order to boost its fortunes...According to Monguno, if agriculture is accorded the desired attention, it could be a major source of employment and revenue earner for the country. “If agriculture is properly harnessed, it will be a major source of employment for our teeming youths”

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NYT: Questions About Organic Produc

NYT: Questions About Organic Produc | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Even as more Americans buy foods labeled organic, the products are moving away from a traditional emphasis on local growing and limited environmental strain.
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Agriculture: A tough year ahead for the Pakistani farmer | 1 Pakistan ...

Agriculture: A tough year ahead for the Pakistani farmer | 1 Pakistan ... | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

" Pakistan | NewsPAK : FAISALABAD: –Pakistan may be one of the largest producers of major agricultural commodities in the world, but the lack of investment and poor infrastructure render much of the country"s farm produce uncompetitive on the global market....

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2012 is Year of the Farmer - National Rural News - Agribusiness and General - General - The Land

2012 is Year of the Farmer - National Rural News - Agribusiness and General - General - The Land | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
THE National Farmers' Federation (NFF) has heralded the start of the new year, calling on all Australians to join with agriculture in celebrating the Australian Year of the Farmer.
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