Tag Archives: dryland

Millet

Millets are grasses with smaller seeds than the grains that people like me, in the rich world, know as our staple foods. We should notice other grains too, including millets. Millions of people appreciate millets as staple food and as … Continue reading

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Existing cropland could feed four billion more by dropping biofuels and animal feed

Emily Cassidy at the University of Minnesota says that four billion more people could eat if existing croplands were used in better ways. ‘We already produce enough calories to feed a few billion more people. As our planet gets more … Continue reading

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African Agricultural Growth Corridors and the New Alliance: who benefits, who loses?

Helena Paul and Ricarda Steinbrecher at EcoNexus tell us about African Agricultural Growth Corridors and the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. You can see their report here. The idea is to end poverty and hunger by promoting commercial, … Continue reading

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Sustainable management of dry forests (Google / UN News Centre)

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
Read at : Google Alerts – desertification http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=44640&Cr=forests&Cr1=#.UWkDx4IgBn4 FORESTS: Participants at UN forum call for sustainable management of dry forests Forest landscapes in drylands – known as dry forests – play a crucial role in tackling…

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Pastoralism’s economic contributions are significant but overlooked

Originally posted on ECO-opia:
Experts say a ‘total economic valuation’ is needed to fully appreciate pastoralists’ contribution to national economies NAIROBI, 16 May 2013 (IRIN) – Pastoralism is often regarded as an antiquated practice ill-suited to the modern economy, yet…

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Reframing the pastoral narrative: Ancient mobile herding strategies to make a comeback in a hotter world

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Fulani boy in Niger herds his family’s animals (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann). Mobility to unlock scattered food, feed, water and other scarce and scattered essential resources is a human strategy as old as humankind itself—and one that remains…

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Dryland farming

I learned a lot from this article about dryland farming. Since it’s from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) I’m inclined to trust what this article says. But I don’t see a date on the article. It cites 20th century … Continue reading

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Corralling cattle to improve the productivity of pasture lands affected by termites

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Typical degradation of rangelands in Uganda’s cattle corridor Researchers from the Department of Animal Science in Makerere University were excited, and with good reason, as they surveyed pasture land that had been corralled off in…

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What the UAE needs from Africa in order to invest in agriculture

Originally posted on ECO-opia:
  Food security is a problem for many regions around the world, including the Middle East. The World Bank estimates that 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land is in Africa, placing the continent’s role in…

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‘Green land grabs’: Livestock herders access to rangelands is being lost for conservation purposes

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Serengeti tree (photo credit: Jeff Haskins). ‘In the great plains of northern Tanzania, close to the world-famous Serengeti National Park, a bitter row has broken out over an attempt to designate 1,500sqkm of Loliondo District…

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