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Shouting out about plant clinics

The Plantwise Blog

Plantwise works with in-country agencies to set up plant clinics, which farmers can attend with a sample of their affected crops to obtain a diagnosis and treatment advice. Plant clinics are often run in larger towns or villages, and farmers can travel many miles to talk to a plant doctor to solve their crop problems. So how do farmers find out about where and when the next clinic is running? I asked co-ordinators of plant clinics in Sierra Leone, Uganda and India about how clinics in their countries are advertised to farmers.

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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Vegetable production in arid conditions (AVRDC)

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Read at : AVRDC-The World Vegetable Center newsletter: 24 February 2012

Flourishing in the desert sands 

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Successful vegetable production in arid conditions requires strong, dedicated partnerships. Jackie Hughes visited the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Qatar to confirm the Center’s commitment to horticulture in the region.

 

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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Desertification in Africa (Google / SCRIBD)

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Read at : Google Alert – desertification

http://www.scribd.com/doc/82918873/Desertification-in-Africa

Desertification in Africa

Africa is facing a large problem called desertification. Desertification is an increase in the desert like conditions in arid or semi-arid lands, or more easily said, the spreading of the deserts. It can be caused by the climate, humans, and animals. Climate causes desertification because Africa goes through droughts which makes it pretty much impossible for vegetation to survive, thus, creating desert like conditions. Humans continue to expand their area, cutting down trees and building buildings which is again killing of vegetation but also ruining the environment of the animals that may live in that area pushing them farther out and leaving them with less to eat. Which brings in the problem of overgrazing. Because there isn’t a whole lot of vegetation it is causing animals to continue to eat over and over the vegetation that is available which…

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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Clustering to make a difference

The Plantwise Blog

Claire Beverley from the Plantwise knowledge bank has been visiting Kenya, find out what she has been up to in her latest blog post!

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I imagine there are few sights as breath-taking as the Rift Valley, so on Thursday I was pleased that we stopped for a few minutes on our way to Nakuru. I’m certain I joined the many tourists before me who have stopped at the same vantage point to take a photo or two, but, I’m not in Kenya to be a tourist. Instead my remit is to talk to plant health clinic doctors, based in various locations, about the challenges they face and the development of the Plantwise initiative. That’s exactly what I’ve been doing over the past week, making for a very productive and interesting introduction to Kenya.

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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Research to Change Fertilizer Usage

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A research project to transform the way farmers use fertilizer in Malawi is underway courtesy of the ministry of agriculture’s Research Services Department.

The Soil Health Diagnostic Trials project comes against a backdrop of farmers’ complaints that they have not been yielding enough despite using fertilizer.

In Malawi the tradition has been that farmers use any type of fertilizer for basal dressing and top dressing regardless of the type of soil and its natural nutritional components.

This is the trend that the Soil Health Diagnostic Trials project aims to change to ensure that farmers maximize on yields by using the right type of fertilizers in the right type of soil, according to its coordinator Dr Wilkson Makumba.

“The area fertilizer specific recommendation is going to assist us to reduce the quantities of fertilizers that we are applying per hectare”, he says.

“Like the 92 kilograms of nitrogen per hectare is…

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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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New York, Feb 21 2012  5:05PM
Representatives of the millions of smallholders, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers around the world have agreed at a United Nations forum in Rome on the need to jointly address the global challenges of food insecurity and climate change.

“As we have seen from the droughts in the Horn of Africa last year and the Sahel now, and the floods that have recently devastated parts of Australia, Fiji and Mozambique – and even the unusual amount of snow here in Italy – farmers are particularly vulnerable to extreme weather and shifts in climate patterns,” <“http://www.ifad.org/media/press/2012/9.htm”>said Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

“This growing level of climate risk and uncertainty is one of the major challenges facing agriculture and food systems today, particularly where it is combined with land degradation, water scarcity and fierce competition for natural resources,” he…

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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Farmers upbeat over multinational deals  – Business |theeastafrican.co.ke

Farmers upbeat over multinational deals  – Business |theeastafrican.co.ke.

 

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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