Posts tagged ‘Agriculture’

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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Singing the praise of the humble potato

Today is National Potato Day in Ireland – a country that knows the link between hunger, poverty and the potato all too well.

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Reforming the EU’s Agricultural Policy

A short blog shining a light on the issues concerning the reform of the European Union’s agricultural policy, with links to many resources highlighting how the EU’s decisions in this area impact on developing countries.

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Ever heard of the “#Potato Centre of Excellence”? From today’s Irish Times: "The Potato Centre of Excellence … acts as the driver for the Irish Potato Coalition, an initiative involving Irish and international NGOs working to share knowledge across six countries – Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique and Kenya – that account for four million potato farmers. Their aim is to maximise the benefit that potatoes can provide to rural communities by connecting farmers, researchers, the private sector and local organisations." Read more at http://www.irishtimes.com/business/potatoes-are-nuggets-to-save-ethiopia-as-ireland-shares-years-of-expertise-1.1927105 
Photo: Gebremedhin Woldegiorgis, senior potato researcher at the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, and Denis Griffen, potato breeder at Teagas, inspect potato plants at the Teagasc Research Centre in Oakpark, Carlow. photograph: dylan vaughan Is Mulitani the happiest mother in Malawi? 
Read her story and find out why at https://charitywater.exposure.co/mulitani 
Photo: @estherhavens 44-year-old Thauzeni Theka is a member of a small-scale irrigation group that's been supported by Self Help Africa in Mkhonde village, Malawi.

He's been growing tomatoes and cabbage since 2010, and has used the money he has earned to buy two bicycles (inset), four goats, and new tin sheets to re-roof his house. 
Thauzeni says he is also sending all of his kids to school with the money he is earning on the project. 
#Malawi #agriculture #tomatoes Vanilla from the DRC.

Indonesia and Madagascar are the world's largest producers. But farmers in Eastern Congo are now also exporting it.

Vanilla is the second most expensive spice after saffron, because growing the vanilla seed pods is labour-intensive. Six kilos of the green pods, for which the farmers receive some €44, results in about 1 kilo of brown pods which, once milled, packed and shipped, sells for some €75 per kilo to companies that use the spice.

Photo: workers processing the vanilla pod harvest.

#vanilla #congo #drc #africa #worldsbestnews #trade #spices In #Somalia, school meals are helping more girls continue in school, including these at the Abdirahman Godyare primary #school.

Girls have often been expected to stay home and help with chores, but the daily meals encourage families to continue sending them to class. (Photo: WFP/Laila Ali, 21 October 2013) Bike riders in the campaign against Ebola.

Commercial motorbike riders have started an intensive face-to-face awareness raising campaign that seeks to reach between 150,000 and 200,000 people over a two month period in Freetown, Sierra Leone. 
Read more at http://www.sl.undp.org/content/sierraleone/en/home/presscenter/articles/2014/09/08/undp-engages-bike-riders-and-vulnerable-groups-on-ebola/

#sierraleone #africa #ebola #motorbikes #awareness #UNDP #Dublin #Cork #ireland #worldsbestnews #positiveireland #getready "Mozambikes" fights poverty through BIKES and affordable transport.

50% of Mozambicans live below the poverty line. For them, going to school, work or the market means walking great distances. 
To make good bicycles available to poor people, and to help combat congestion in Mozambique’s major cities, the people behind Mozambikes started producing sturdy, green bicycles. 
Read more at http://www.mozambikes.com/en/benefits 
#mocambique #manufacturing #upliftingnews #worldsbestnews #cycling #benefits #poverty #transport #health #education #globaldev #commute Do you want to catch up with some of the many stories we have published on The World's Best News?

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Stories about work in the area of HEALTH, WATER and SANITATION: http://bit.ly/1qw2C6Y 
Stories about work in the area of AGRICULTURE and FOOD: http://bit.ly/WvqFqC 
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