Category Archives: Indigenous crops & medicinal plants

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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Christmas in Burundi: Celebrations in the Nearby Village of Kajaga-Kinyinya

Since I most likely will be unable to post a new Christmas Blog this year, what follows is last year’s Christmas Blog, Updated. Reposted 17 Dec. 2013> Related articles and recent events: African Beef Stew with sweet potatoes and mangos, … Continue reading

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Wild Rice, Salt, and Navigation on Lake Tanganyika: 19th Century and Now

The first settlers and explorers in Burundi were from Germany.  Their initial port on Lake Tanganyika was established at Kajaga – which is close to where we live and where the Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika is now located on the northern shores … Continue reading

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The Filāḥa Texts Project: Medieval Books of Crop and Animal Husbandry

After some months, The Kutub al-Filāḥa - or Books of [Arabic] Husbandry – is back online and with  new materials.  It is the only source (I’m aware of) that has been systematically documenting medieval Arabic manuscripts on these topics – and … Continue reading

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Friday Funnies: Lessons in Resistance & Resilience of Plants, Animals & People

Many plants are able to protect themselves from attack (being eaten) in different ways.  However, through domestication and/or use of pesticides and other protectors, plants may loose their natural defenses – their resistance and resilience – as these protective traits … Continue reading

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More Adventures of Mungo Park, Who Describes Hunger Crops in the Western Sahel, 1797

Mungo Park routinely describes foods and crops – as well as cooking and serving methods – throughout his extensive travels in west Africa.  His are amongst the most detailed sources on these topics for the late eighteenth and early nineteenth … Continue reading

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