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Unleashing the energy in waste

Unleashing the energy in waste

Ghana's private sector is leading a number of green initiatives to harness clean and modern technologies to enhance sustainable development. Waste-to-compost and fecal sludge-to-biodiesel plants, as well as plastic waste recycling schemes, are helping to eliminate the indiscriminate dumping of waste into the environment.

Date published: October 2012

Rwanda's efforts to adapt to climate change

Rwanda's efforts to adapt to climate change

The Rwandan government has developed a strategy to become a climate resilient, low carbon economy by mainstreaming climate change response into its development strategy and across key sectors. A primary focus of this is transforming the agricultural sector, encouraging smallscale farmers to change how and what types of crops they produce.

Date published: September 2012

Farmer innovation - developing on-farm water supplies

Farmer innovation - developing on-farm water supplies

An astonishing trend of on-farm innovation, that is revolutionising agricultural water use in Africa and Asia, has been documented for the first time in five African countries and two Indian states. The three year 'AgWater Solutions' project, has revealed that smallholder agricultural water management is now supporting more households than large public irrigation schemes.

Date published: September 2012

Securing rights in communally managed rangelands

Securing rights in communally managed rangelands

The resource rights of those who depend on communally managed rangelands in East Africa are being increasingly lost to industry, conservation and individual developers. In early 2012, participants from nine countries embarked on a learning journey through Kenya and Tanzania, to see examples of good practice in securing community access to land and resources.

Date published: August 2012

Cavies bring protein, income and health benefits across African Savannah

Cavies bring protein, income and health benefits across African Savannah

Guinea pigs or cavies are a valuable source of food and income, particularly in areas where war or insecurity prevents keeping of larger livestock. Several African governments are keen to develop cavy rearing; that process is being supported by a new research project targeting breed improvement, better husbandry practices and stronger production and market linkages.

Date published: August 2012

Turning a prickly tree into a money making commodity

Turning a prickly tree into a money making commodity

Introduced in Ethiopia to stabilise the soil, the thorny Prosopis tree has spread rapidly, eating up over 1.2 million hectares of grazing land. But the government and NGOs have not only helped pastoralist communities to clear large areas of Prosopis; they have also found ways to manage the trees and turn them into a new form of livelihood.

Date published: July 2012

Tsetse control to fight hunger in Ethiopia

Tsetse control to fight hunger in Ethiopia

A combination of drought and trypanosomiasis, both prevalent throughout the plains of Benshangul Gumuz, in Ethiopia, had wiped out the livestock of many smallscale farmers. But after attending training to learn about eco-friendly farming and livestock practices, many farmers have turned their farms around.

Date published: July 2012

Carbon trading spurs Tanzania's hunters and gatherers to conservation

Carbon trading spurs Tanzania's hunters and gatherers to conservation

In northern Tanzania's Yaeda Valley, Hadzabe hunter gatherer communities are protecting their savannah woodlands from encroachment by slash-and-burn farmers through a Payment for Ecosystem Services scheme. Eleven safari companies have already bought carbon credit certificates equivalent to 3,700 tonnes of carbon, in order to offset their emissions.

Date published: June 2012

Traditional forecasting to help small farmers

Traditional forecasting to help small farmers

Indigenous weather forecasting techniques, practised by traditional rainmakers in the Banyore community in western Kenya, are helping scientists in Kenya to develop more reliable systems for predicting the weather.

Date published: June 2012

Women farmers take centre stage in policy development

Women farmers take centre stage in policy development

Theatre as political advocacy is at the heart of a pilot project which aims to strengthen the capacity of women farmers in Malawi and Mozambique to influence the development of agricultural policies.

Date published: May 2012

 

 

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