Category Archives: Technology

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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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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Cuisines and Crops of Africa, 18th Century: Food and Farming in Timbuktu

Tétuan, Moroccan port town opposite Gibraltar.  Steel Engraving.  Institute in Hidlburghausen. 1842 In about 1789, the merchant and voyager Abd Salam Shabeeny  set out from his home city, the Moroccan port town of Tetuan (above picture), for Germany in order to procure items for … Continue reading

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Dreams of Agroforestry in the Highlands of East Africa

For the second time this week, I have had a vivid dream in which I was training a group of technicians and farmers about intercropping and hedgerow strategies, using Leucaena leucocephala, together with associated use in areas of livestock, crops, soil-water … Continue reading

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THE LITTLE WONDER: Sewing by machine in 1861

This morning I was searching the web for some information on 19th and 18th century agriculture in the South (of the US) and came across this quaint piece of advertising – in verse – from Harper’s weekly, November 30 1861: … Continue reading

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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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