Category Archives: Agriculture

Sahelian City-States in the Western Sahel: Part 2

Recent and ongoing events in the Sahel by way of food crises, religiously based conflict, ethnically based conflict, and military coups are intertwined.  They are the most recent iterations of  interdependent political, economic, religious, social, and cultural changes that have … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-North, Africa-West, Agriculture, Arab traders, Caravan routes, Colonialism, Ethnicity, History, Ivory, Niger River, Religion, Sahel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Notes on Dairy Goats and Artisan Cheese Production in Central Africa

Dairy Animals & Traditional Dairy Production in Central Africa –A Brief Background Cattle and goats are important components of small farm agriculture in Burundi, Rwanda and the eastern Congo.  Agriculturalists were the first migrants into the area, many hundreds of … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-Central, Agriculture, Burundi, Cuisine, European colonizers, Food, Goat farmer, History, History-Recent, Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika2, Livestock, Living here, Pastoralism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Helping the most vulnerable farmers adapt to climate change – lessons from a Farm Africa project

See on – Africa and Beyond By Jonathan Finnighan Helping the most vulnerable farmers adapt to climate change – lessons from a Farm Africa project The first thing that strikes me about Mwangangi’s farm is that it looks abando… …The … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-General, Agriculture, Agroforestry, Climate Change, Development, Humanitarian Assistance, Livestock, Research & Development, Technology | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

The Long Dry Season Comes to Central Africa

Our weather consists of two seasons: Rainy and Dry.  The latter, beginning in late June, lasts about three months, and the rainy season the rest of the year.  Well, there is also quite a short dry-ish season in December-January. Here … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-Central, Agriculture, Crop harvests, Goats, Imbo Plain, Lake Tanganyika, Living here | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Quiz on Identifying Ancient Egyptian Plants

Below are results, to date, of the quiz: Can You Identify These Plants from Ancient Egypt? I have entered the suggestions that have been sent in, together with a small picture of each one.  For larger pictures (or for the reference) go to … Continue reading

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Posted in Agriculture, Agroforestry, Art in Africa, Egypt-Ancient, Gardens, Graeco-Roman | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Can You Identify These Plants from Ancient Egypt?

Plants of all kinds were much beloved in ancient Egypt, and here is a selection  from tiles, tombs and wall inscriptions.  Can you identify them?  Over the next few days I will put up a blog giving their identity and function … Continue reading

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Posted in Agriculture, Agroforestry, Egypt-Ancient, Food, Indigenous crops & medicinal plants | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Contract Farming in the Village: Farmer-Friendly Strategies

I have received several emails asking about the contract farming project in the village, which has been organized with the Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika.  We are hoping to invigorate the activity during this rainy season – before the rains … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-Central, Agriculture, Contract-Farming, Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika2 | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments