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Research partnerships - potential unfulfilled

Research partnerships - potential unfulfilled

Research and development is invariably lacking in most agriculture-dependent countries, yet public and private research rarely pool their expertise or work towards common goals. A case study from Costa Rica analyses the reasons for this ongoing lack of partnership.

Date published: May 2004

Local control of forest resources holds opportunities and challenges

Local control of forest resources holds opportunities and challenges

Hope for a reversal in rampant deforestation and the gripping poverty that millions of people suffer from in developing countries as a result of resource mismanagement must lie in participation of local communities. However local governments and communities may require training in order to ensure sustainable management of the forest resources.

Date published: May 2004

Avian flu: coming home to roost?

Avian flu: coming home to roost?

Despite fears that the avian influenza epidemic could develop into a major health threat for humans, the current situation is predominantly an animal health issue. What will be the economic impact of the virus on poultry farmers, and how does the commercial poultry industry need to change to prevent future outbreaks?

Date published: March 2004

Small-scale silage - bags of potential

Small-scale silage - bags of potential

Maintaining supplies of feed during the dry season is a huge challenge for dairy farmers in Kenya. A method of making silage from Napier grass, in large plastic sacks is helping farmers in Kiambu and Nakuru districts to overcome the problem.

Date published: March 2004

US BSE Update

US BSE Update

The American beef industry has to show that it is improving measures to both detect and prevent the spread of BSE. This outbreak may force the industry to rethink some measures - if only to win back exports.

Date published: March 2004

Coffee: it's the marketing that counts

Coffee: it's the marketing that counts

Drinking coffee gives pleasure to millions of people, but growing the coffee doesn't bring any pleasure at all to most coffee producers. In Malawi, the Smallholder Coffee Farmers Trust has increased the income of its members by reducing production costs, and an effective marketing approach.

Date published: March 2004

Pastoral visions: changing perceptions of pastoral lives

Pastoral visions: changing perceptions of pastoral lives

A special touring photographic exhibition in Africa sets out to challenge perceptions, particularly at policy level, of the lives of pastoralists. The pictures, which were taken by amateur photographers, offer an interesting insight into the highs and lows experienced by pastoralists in their daily life.

Date published: January 2004

Land reform - keeping the promise

Land reform - keeping the promise

For the people of Witbank, an isolated community in South Africa's Northern Cape, the move to commercial agriculture gives hope for financial independence, prosperity even. In the context of land reform in South Africa, their success is bucking a trend.

Date published: January 2004

A trio of instruments for tsetse control

A trio of instruments for tsetse control

The challenge with tsetse control is to provide tools for the individual farmer so he can deal with the problem of tsetse and trypanosomiasis in his own way and in his own time. A workshop in Nairobi in October 2003 discussed three such initiatives which could fit the bill.

Date published: January 2004

Taking the tricks out of the trade

Taking the tricks out of the trade

Soil fertility is declining in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Farmers' ability to reverse the trend is limited by the cost of fertiliser and inadequate infrastructure. But there are initiatives to address these issues.

Date published: January 2004

 

 

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