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Mapping the way forward

In the forests of northern Republic of Congo, the Mbendjele are a hidden people. Living entirely on forest resources, this pygmy tribe have co-existed with their environment for thousands of years. Their impact on the forest is so minimal that from satellite images it is impossible to...

Battling it out for bananas

Bananas are the economic life-blood of the Windward Islands. In the critical months leading up to the decision by the European Union whether or not they can continue to enjoy preferential access to EU markets, farmers throughout the banana-exporting islands of the Caribbean have been....

Advice for sale-who will buy?

Farmers everywhere are confronted by the cold blasts of free trade, harsh competition and the privatisation of services once provided free by government but now to be paid for. Many extension services are at 50 per cent or less of...

Saving the bottle gourd

The Gourd Museum in Kitui district, eastern Kenya is an unlikely looking genebank. Five years ago, this small, tin-roofed building in the village of Kyanika was a disused shed; now it houses the most important collection of gourd germplasm in Africa, and probably the world...

 

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