The New Agriculturist - Reporting Agriculture for the 21st Century


Women discuss how they will achieve their five-year goals (credit: CGIAR/CIAT)Building on earlier participatory processes, Enabling Rural Innovation empowers communities to set priorities and make best use of their resources, enabling community members to make the transition from subsistence to commercial agriculture.

Safou on sale at a local market in Cameroon (credit: Honoré Tabuna)With a flavour described as both nutty and tangy safou, or African plum, is widely eaten in Central Africa, but little known outside the region. Now, cultivar selection and increasing professionalisation of the safou sector in Cameroon is transforming the marketing and trade of this indigenous African tree crop.

A dorper ram marked with the Intervet ID tags (credit: Rachelle Cloete)In South Africa and Kenya, export of livestock and livestock products by small-scale livestock farmers and pastoralists is being supported through the introduction of computer-based traceability systems. In Kenya, the same technology may also help to prevent cattle rustling.

Professor Chin Ong is passionate about the potential of bambooBamboo, one of the fastest growing, strongest and most versatile plants on Earth, supports an annual, global trade worth US$2 billion. Much of this is earned by Asian countries, but researchers in Africa are also working to enhance and expand usage of this 'wonder plant'.

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July 2007