Category Archives: Sudan

What John H. Speke, Explorer, Can tell Us about Gum Arabic, 2 of 3

As the African explorers Livingston and Burton, the explorer Speke detailed the important uses of gum acacias in local life and in national and international markets.  The potential of gums for colonial powers [read colonial U.K.] reflects the market interests that could … Continue reading

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Posted in Agroforestry, Botany, Colonialism, Ethnography, Food, Richard Burton, Sudan | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

What Samuel Baker, Explorer, Can tell Us about Gum Arabic 1 of 3

Gum arabic, the resin of certain acacia trees, has been an important product of east Africa and the Sahel for millennia.  In addition to being traded as far away as India, it is eaten by local animals and has also been a … Continue reading

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Posted in Blue Nile, Colonialism, Explorers & exploration, Gum arabic, Sahel, Samuel Grant, Sudan | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Thanksgiving Adventures – and A Military Coup – in Sudan

Sharing with you an earlier post about Thanksgiving, people and work conducted in western Sudan; Please have a joyous Thanksgiving, my friends!   In 1988 I became COP (Chief of Party) of the field component of a large natural resource management … Continue reading

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Posted in Environment, Food, Food & Politics, Humanitarian Assistance, Research & Development, Social Life, Sudan | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Coffee Customs in Eastern Sudan and Egypt: The Beja Tribes and a Recipe

Originally posted on DIANABUJA'S BLOG: Africa, The Middle East, Agriculture, History and Culture:
Revised 14 May 2014 Beja merchants at the Red Sea market town of Shalaeen. The Red Sea Hills can be seen in the background.  Source –…

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Posted in Coffee Ritual, Cuisine, Egypt-Ancient, Egypt-Recent, Food, Red Sea Hills, Sudan | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Soil biodiversity and ecosystem function

It has long been recognised that organisms living in the soil are important for making nitrogen available to plants and for storing carbon in the soil but a new paper in PNAS by de Vries et al… Source: diana … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-East, Africa-North, Burundi, Climate Change, Desertification, Nile Valley, Research & Development, Research and Development, Sudan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

See on “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

Locusts and Hyenas: The Red Sea Hills of Eastern Egypt & Sudan

Following on the recent swarms of Locusts in Egypt and Israel, here is an update of a blog on the topic (and on hyenas): Previous blogs on work in the Red Sea Hills are found here and here. During the … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-East, Africa-General, Africa-North, Africa-Southern, Egypt Desert Locust Authority, Egypt-Ancient, Egypt-Recent, Sudan, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment