Recurrent drought in the Sahel has become the norm in the past decade, resulting in agricultural decline and periodic famine. There is general recognition that drought-resistant practices are critical, but conventional Western methods are commonly applied to solve these problems. The World Agroforestry Centre is using a technique, called farmer managed natural regeneration (FMNR), which promises to address the issue in a unique way.
The UK’s DFiD has teamed up with a prominent East African organization for the express purpose of speeding up development – literally. DFiD has prepared a fund that will award grants to individuals or companies that are able to come up with innovative ideas to cut transport costs in the region, which should result in greater market access and incomes for East Africa countries and their populations.
Dairy production is a vibrant sector in Kenya that contributes to 4% of GDP annually. Many dairy producers in Kenya are smallholder farmers who own only a few cows, and the milk sold from these cows is often the main source of cash income available to a family. As demand for dairy products increases, farmers need to acquire knowledge in more efficient and more adaptive production techniques. A researcher from PEI is teaching dairy groups in Kenya those new techniques.
Food insecurity in northern communities is a familiar theme in Canadian news reports. A combination of low income, high food prices, and changes in traditional food production and food economies are resulting in hunger and poor nutrition. Yukon College is aiming to make a change with a dome that allows for year-round food production in any climate.
In Burundi, fishing is a major source of livelihood for many people living near Lake Tanganyika, but unhygienic preservation methods have led to harvest loss, poor quality fish for consumption, and decreased incomes. The FAO and the Burundi Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture have introduced a simple new fish drying technique that is sustainable, reduces waste, and improves the livelihoods of farmers along the shores of Lake Tanganyika.
Bees have been domesticated for thousands of years in one fashion or other. Their honey provides us with a bounty of nutrients and sugars that are hard to find in such abundance elsewhere in nature. Their service as pollinators is one of the most beneficial contributions that any species makes to the survival of the human race. These assets …
Every year, a huge amount of food is thrown away. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization, about one third of all food is discarded before it is consumed, while at the same time, some 805 million people around the world stay hungry.