Category Archives: Development

Power, partnership and participation: Nile Basin Development Challenge in summary

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Farmers getting trained on forage management at Kolugelan, Jeldu (Photo credit: ILRI / Aberra Adie) The Nile Basin Development Challenge (NBDC) was one of six challenges comprising the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food…

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Radio COBAM: Information on climate change and its links with forests

See on Scoop.it “Information on climate change and its links with forests are not readily available in Central Africa. The concept of climate change and its processes evolve so quickly that decision makers are hard pressed to keep up. In … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-General, Burundi, Climate Change, Congo, Desertification, Development, Livestock, Sahel, Sudan | 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

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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Post-War Peace on the Shores of Lake Tanganyika: Riding High!

Civil war officially ended in Burundi in 2006.  For several years thereafter, there have been sporadic fights and attacks, but these, too, have dwindled to almost ‘zero’. What changes has a blanket of peace brought?  This blog concentrates on post-war activities on the … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-Central, After the War, Development, East central Africa, Environment, Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika2, Imbo Plain, Lake Tanganyika, Living here, Rusizi River ^ Wetlands | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Contempory Africa Through European Eyes

A few days ago I was rather amazed to see a photo of my old home, which is located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, in a glossy magazine published in Brussels.  It has been turned into a spiffy little … Continue reading

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Livestock Restocking in Burundi: More Complicated than ‘The Gift of a Goat’

Livestock – particularly goats – play a key role in smallholders’ agricultural activities in Burundi.  They are a ‘savings-bank on the hoof’, thus can be sold in case of emergency for cash.  Their manure and urine provide excellent inputs for … Continue reading

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Posted in After the War, Agriculture, Appropriate technology, Breeds of livestock, Burundi, Dairy goats, Development, Goat farmer, Livestock | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments