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How mobile phones are transforming agriculture in Africa

A short listing of articles on the application of new mobile technologies in African agriculture.

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Are we ready for ‘Climate Smart Agriculture’?

Is “Climate Smart Agriculture” the next big thing? Irish Aid has supported a new international alliance on CSA, but many CSOs are worried.

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In search of the next big “super food”?

One of the recurring securities of the “global development” sector is that, every so often, someone claims to have found the silver bullet. Most recently, there are many that claim that Teff, a grain variety grown mainly in Ethiopia, is the new solution to global malnourishment.

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Seeds in farmers’ hands: escaping poverty through diversity and local knowledge

An uplifting story of how indebted farmers in the Philippines regained control of their livelihoods, and their lives.

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Aid alone will not end Poverty – As we keep undermining its effectiveness

A new report highlights the EU’s track record in Development. Europe is a very big, and very good, aid donor. But is that enough?

“The big picture is fairly straightforward. Europe has generous and effective aid programmes, and makes a distinct contribution to global environmental challenges. But Europe’s policies on trade (especially agriculture), security and sharing technology have much less positive impact on development.”

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Can the world feed 7 billion people?

An overview of some of the key arguments made in relation to the growing world population.

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World Food Day – Time to remember the politics of Hunger.

Addressing world Hunger means recognising, and addressing, the political nature of Hunger.

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A young group of developers from Uganda built Matibabu, a malaria-detection app. 
Using a Kinect sensor and a mobile device, Matibabu detects a person’s malaria status without even pricking a body part. All of the data is read off the person’s finger. 
Read more: http://www.itnewsafrica.com/2014/09/top-4-applications-solving-real-problems-in-africa/ 
Photo: Simon Lumbambo, Josiah Kavuma, Joshua Mulessi and Brian Gitta, developed Matibabul. The app works by using the phone and a customised hardware (Matiscope) to diagnose a patient of malaria without having to prick the patient in order to test for malaria in the blood. These kids at the Baraka Za Ibrahim Children's Centre in Nairobi line up for their daily school meal. 
Thanks to overseas aid, the World Food Programme (WFP) provides daily meals to about 770,000 students and Kenya, and the Ministry of Education handles meals for another 750,000.
School meals are are major contributor to higher school enrolment rates across the developing world. (Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud, February 19, 2010) #Ethiopia’s ‘African tiger’ leaps towards middle income.

Three decades since Michael Buerk's “biblical #famine in the 20th century” documentary, the country has, “like the proverbial phoenix, managed to rise from the ashes to become Africa’s fastest-growing non-energy-driven economy.” One effect of the progress is a greater capacity to cope with drought, preventing the descent into famine conditions that have occurred in the past. Ethiopia’s development efforts are also praised internationally for meeting some of the millennium development goals, particularly universal primary #education and a reduction in infant mortality.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2014/oct/22/ethiopia-african-tiger-middle-income?CMP=share_btn_tw 
Photo: People wait for a bus in #Addis Ababa. The government has launched an ambitious modernisation plan in the Ethiopian capital. Photograph: Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Green Jobs are booming in #Bangladesh.

The South Asian nation has become a top hot spot for #renewable energy jobs, creating a 'green workforce' as large as Spain’s in 2013.

How? Solar energy.

Bangladeshis are installing small #photovoltaic systems at a rate of 80,000 a month, says the report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). In a country where only 47 percent of the population had access to electricity in 2009, #solar is becoming a way to leapfrog the need to build a bigger power grid.

Read more at http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/05/why-a-green-jobs-boom-is-under-way-in-bangladesh/362087/?utm_content=bufferf16c2&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer "They have a good organisation. They are thinking ahead and using help wisely." The coffee industry in Nicaragua is facing big problems. but Soppexcca, a cooperative of coffee producers, is responding to the challenges- in an inclusive and democratic way. 
Read more: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/problems-brewing-for-nicaraguan-coffee-industry-1.1849541?page=1 and also http://www.soppexcca.org/en/ There are now over 65 mobile phones for every 100 people living in Africa. And NGOs like Gorta Self Help Africa are harnessing the potential of mobile technology, in the fight against hunger.

A new mobile phone based text and advice service ensures that farmers in #Malawi are accessing up to date information on their crops and harvests.
Read more at http://www.gorta.org/news/phones-spread-farm-information

To read more about how mobile phones are transforming agriculture across #Africa, have a look here:
http://www.thelondoneveningpost.com/business/how-mobile-phones-are-transforming-african-agriculture/

Photo: Advertisement from Esoko, a mobile phone company in #Ghana offering
market price information to farmers. In #Liberia, taxi drivers are the latest weapons against #Ebola.

Many of the country’s motor cycle taxi drivers are former combatants in Liberia’s devastating civil war, shunned by society. One successful local initiative, the Pen-Pen Peace Network, is now recruiting their skills for a public awareness campaign in communities within Monrovia to educate citizens about Ebola. 
Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2014/oct/15/ebola-crisis-liberia-peace-building-conflict-pen-pen?CMP=twt_gu

Photo: Motorcycle taxi drivers are a good means of disseminating information during the Ebola crisis in Liberia. Photo by Handout/Reuters Nigeria has been declared officially free of Ebola after six weeks with no new cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says. 
WHO representative Rui Gama Vaz, speaking in the capital Abuja, said it was a "spectacular success story". http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29685127 
#ebola #nigeria Here's a great story from Gorta Self Help Africa about a #Malawian women's group who have increased their earnings and created employment with a tomato micro-business.

http://www.gorta.org/news/tomato-processors-retail-dividend Rafea Um Gomar, a brave Bedouin woman from a rural village has not only become the first female solar engineer in #Jordan, but she has also helped set up 80 solar installations providing electricity to her village! 
Today she is an elected leader and a teacher in her community, training others how to use sustainable energy. ‪

Photo by @unfoundation Activists use GPS to track illegal loggers in Brazil's Amazon rainforest

Read here how a hi-tech undercover operation used GPS tracking on timber trucks for the first time, as well as satellite and aerial images, to reveal the extent of illegal logging in the Brazilian Amazon forest.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/15/activists-use-gps-to-track-illegal-loggers-in-brazils-amazon-rainforest?source=tw&subsource=20141015fotw01&utm_source=gpeace&utm_medium=tw&utm_campaign=20141015fotw01

#Brazil #rainforest #logging #tech #gps #amazon #tracking #globaldev #activism

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