Monthly Archives: September 2012

Author William Lambers

There is a struggle for survival ongoing for millions of people suffering from hunger in the Sahel region of Africa. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) says that “one child in five in the Sahel dies before the age of five – malnutrition is an associated cause of more than 30% of these deaths.”

The Sahel includes the countries of Mali, Niger, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Chad, Cameroon, the Gambia, and Senegal.

Drought and conflict have caused food shortages, and families can survive only with humanitarian aid as they await the next harvest. There have been some good rains recently to encourage the growing of food. These same rains have also produced flooding that has impacted over a million people in the Sahel.

Refugee Crisis from Mali Conflict

The Sahel food crisis is also complicated because of a massive flow of refugees from Mali. In Northern Mali there…

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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Posted by on September 22, 2012 in Uncategorized


Agricultura e Segurança alimentar

Will there be enough land for agricultural production to meet the food requirements of future populations?

The answer to this and other questions about land resources, climate, soils and water can be found at FAO’s new Global Agro-Ecological Zones Portal GAEZ:

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    Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Uncategorized


    Participatory research for development in Africa RISING – an email exchange

    Africa RISING

    Over the last few days, in relation with an upcoming final workshop for the ‘farm scale research design‘ early win project, an interesting e-mail exchange took place between Prof. Ken Giller of Wageningen University and Dr. Jens Andersson on the proposed research for development (R4D) approach for the Africa RISING program in the Ethiopian Highlands.

    This conversation is an excellent starter for the workshop taking place on 13-14 December in Addis Ababa.

    This is the email exchange:

    Ken Giller

    “As you know I have been working on issues that you raise for many years and pushing for ‘systems based’ approaches. Sometimes we have tried to include active participatory methods in the projects we have run – with varying success…

    Some issues that your document stimulates immediately – you mention that “farmers are the principal end users for any R4D process” and – given that it is research I wonder if we can claim that…

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    Posted by on September 16, 2012 in Uncategorized


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    Sheep AI offers more rapid genetic gain - 9/14/2012 - Farmers Weekly

    Gemma Mackenzie

    Friday 14 September 2012 13:10

    Increasing numbers of sheep producers are following in the footsteps of their dairy counterparts by using artificial insemination (AI) as a means of improving genetic traits in their flocks.

    First generation farmer Simon Kavanagh, who keeps 700 pedigree Lleyn ewes and 500 gimmer lambs at West Berwick Farm in Draughton, near Skipton, is among those taking advantage of the benefits of this breeding tool.

    Mr Kavanagh, who has been doing work with AI in his flock for the past ten years, says the benefits of AI include more rapid genetic gain, the ability to use the semen from top-quality tups, which you might not have been able to buy, and the ability to spread a ram across a larger number of ewes.

    “My main objective is to produce top-quality replacement breeding stock for farmers,” says Mr…

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    Posted by on September 15, 2012 in Uncategorized


    ILRI Clippings

    ILRI veterinary epidemiologist Jeff Mariner at OIE meeting

    ILRI veterinary epidemiologist Jeff Mariner presents his research at a meeting of the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) (photo credit: OIE).

    Lauren Everitt of AllAfrica interviewed Jeffrey Mariner, a scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya, about a current article he co-authored in Science (13 Sep 2012) on lessons learned in the eradication of rinderpest.

    Mariner described how, while working at Tufts University, he tweaked a proven rinderpest vaccine to make it temperature stable so it could survive transport in Africa’s extreme temperatures—a critical development.

    However, the scientist credits the eradication achievement to his team’s results-oriented focus, reliance on tried-and-true science and willingness to forge partnerships with local communities. He said he is taking the lessons learned from rinderpest and applying them to his newest challenge—tackling a disease killing off goats and sheep across Africa.

    ‘Most of us have heard of smallpox, the only other disease to…

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    Posted by on September 15, 2012 in Uncategorized


    SID-Netherlands Report: Agriculture, Food Security, and Inclusive Growth

    The report Agriculture, Food Security, and Inclusive Growth is a compilation of lectures and discussions organised in 2011 by SID Netherlands Chapter in cooperation with the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and NCDO. It contains contributions by UN Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food Olivier de Schutter, Camilla Toulmin (Director of the International Institute of Environment and Development, Kevin Cleaver (Associate Vice-President of International Fund for Agricultural Development), and Andries du Toit (Director of the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies). Download:

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    Posted by on September 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

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