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A watershed for Rwandan farming

Drawing on experience from Asia, Rwanda is launching a watersheds-based approach to natural resource management and rural development. The approach, which has been developed by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT), combines soil and water management with...

Turning away from low value cassava

Beside a large silver-coloured cooking pot, Gladys Wilson sits on a low wooden stool, slowly frying doughnuts for the local school. The smell of fresh baking hangs in the hot afternoon air of Atebubu town in Ghana, as Gladys experiments with her latest new...

Battling the bread bugs

Wheat is central to the diets of people in the West and Central Asia and North Africa region, but it is in short supply in many countries of the region because it is vulnerable to insect attack. Sunn pest, an insect pest from the shield bug and stink bug families, reduces wheat and barley yields significantly and...

Lunch in Lusaka - choosing the healthy option

With stereos blaring, crowded and cramped, Chachacha market in central Lusaka is typical of many in Africa. The area set aside for small restaurants, however, is not. Some thirty such restaurants line both sides of a narrow street, frequented largely by office workers, market traders and their customers. Some food is on display, but in most of the restaurants...

1st November 2006

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