Category Archives: Agriculture

Qanat Structures in the Western Desert of Egypt: Early Forms of Desert Irrigation

 [First posted May 2010,  Revised 04 November 2011] Qanat structures – underground water canals that can extend many miles – are a feature of the Middle East and North African agriculture that I find fascinating. It was Paul English who wrote one … Continue reading

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Climate change and the origins of agriculture and complex societies

[First posted May 2010,  Revised 04 November 2011]  Re-posting an earlier blog on climate change and agriculture, to be followed with a blog on the same topic, but with a focus on the Garamantian kingdom and other groups of  North Africa and the … Continue reading

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“Efforts of Missionaries among Savages”

[First posted May 2010, Updated 30 October 2011] David Livingstone captured the imagination of Europeans and Americans in the 19th Century, many of whom saw missionizing as THE way to ‘civilize’ African populations. I shall content myself with showing to you that even … Continue reading

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Colonial Encounters with West African Rice

 [First posted Sept. 2010, Updated 29 October 2011]  See also: AfricaRice’s African rice collection – (Oryza glaberrima) and Luigi just sent this 2007 link on the topic of Carolina Gold. from his blog. In 1805 the Scottish explorer Mungo Park … Continue reading

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Mixed Cropping: A Successful Organic Strategy for Small Farmers

Long before Europeans were on the scene, Africans were practicing companion, or mixed cropping (or planting), which is a highly successfully strategy for outwitting many bugs and diseases. Continue here:  Mixed Cropping: A Successful Organic Strategy for Small Farmers.

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Porridge and a red pepper sauce as a tasty, main meal in central africa.

Although red pepper became known in Africa only after having been introduced by, presumably, the Portuguese in perhaps the 16th Century, they soon spread throughout the continent and became the most important condiment in many areas. Blog Continued here: Porridge and … Continue reading

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Fasting and Feasting in Africa – Reasoned Responses to Radical Changes in Climate and Crops

“The quantities of meat our men devour is quite astounding. They boil as much as their pots will hold, and eat till it becomes physically impossible for them to stow away any more…” See full blog here: Fasting and feasting … Continue reading

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