Category Archives: Food Security

Intercropping in upland Burundi, central Africa

Intercropping in upland Burundi. Banana, manioc, maize, amaranth, etc, are regularly intercropped by smallholders.  This is a traditional method of augmenting soil fertility and porosity, and of assuring seasonally appropriate crops. As well, problems of  brief, radical climate shifts are … Continue reading

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Agricultural Innovation: The United States in a Changing Global Reality

On 24th April 2013, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs released the report Agricultural Innovation: The United States in a Changing Global Reality authored by University of Minnesota researchers… New measures for global spillover potential presented in the report include: Agro-technological distances – identifying … Continue reading

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Agriculture; Livestock; Indigenous Plants; Agroforestry – Links

  FAO will be convening an International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition, that aims to: … increase understanding of the crucial role that forests, trees on farms and agroforestry systems can play in improving the food security and nutrition … Continue reading

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Amaranth Greens (Lenga-Lenga) – Politically Correct, Easy to Grow, and Delicious. Recipes Included

Heidi, one of our readers, has asked for a recipe using lenga-lenga (amaranth).  Here are some recipes, together with information on lenga-lenga – its use, cultivation and value as a key indigenous food. The crop: Lenga-lenga is one of a hand-full … Continue reading

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Banana Beer and other Fermented Foods in Africa

Blog updated 19 May 2014 Bananas from the Burundi highlands being brought down to Bujumbura and surrounding areas along Lake Tanganyika. The supply chain for banana beer and other small and microenterprises  incorporate a variety of smallholders and workers, such as … Continue reading

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Cultural Collapse in Egypt

A while back, on Radio Germany [short wave], a program was aired on changes in women’s dress in Egypt over the past several decades – towards both western dress and veiling.  Although Egypt is a small country and one that … Continue reading

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Colonial Musings on Mount Cameroon: Out with the Plantains! In with the Coffee & Sugar!

Colonial world views were, on the whole, extraordinary.  Explorers and missionaries marched out to record, save and reorder the world according to notions of Progress that placed Europeans at the apogee of Civilization (self-defined) – and ‘Everyone Else’ pretty far … Continue reading

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