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Livestock policy hubs: getting to the core of livestock keeping in East Africa

Livestock policy hubs: getting to the core of livestock keeping in East Africa

The livestock sector in East Africa has been steadily growing since the mid 1990's, but poverty rates among those who depend on livestock seem to be getting worse. In response, the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) has established a Livestock Policy Initiative in the region to strengthen capacity to develop pro-poor livestock related policies.

Date published: August 2011

Spices: a recovering trade in Zanzibar

Spices: a recovering trade in Zanzibar

Rising taxes and increased competition contributed to the decline in Zanzibar's spice trade. But with a rise in tourism, the spice trade is making a comeback as small farmers like Mzee Foum Ali Garu showcase how spices are grown.

Date published: July 2011

Change - the challenge for food security

Change - the challenge for food security

The ongoing crisis in the Horn of Africa exemplifies the deteriorating climate, food and health crises worldwide. The challenge of achieving food security in the context of global warming, increasing population and constrained resources, whilst also protecting the environment is undoubtedly complex, and was the recurring theme at the first Africa College International Conference on Food Security, Health and Impact.

Date published: July 2011

Closing the digital divide for Zambia's farmers

Closing the digital divide for Zambia's farmers

Powered by 67 solar panels, the Chinyunya telecentre offers internet, phone and photocopying services to farmers living east of Zambia's capital Lusaka, without needing any connection to the national grid. ICT-promoter, SATNET, has trained staff in 30 such centres, and is devising policies to further expand Zambia's solar-powered ICT network.

Date published: June 2011

Agricultural recovery in northern Uganda

Agricultural recovery in northern Uganda

When relative peace returned to northern Uganda in 2006, the immense task of rebuilding the region's agriculture sector began. The Norwegian Refugee Council, one of a network of international aid agencies working in northern Uganda, is working to restore agricultural skills and help communities resolve conflicts over land.

Date published: June 2011

Enriched fertiliser to fight zinc deficiency

Enriched fertiliser to fight zinc deficiency

Applying inorganic fertiliser enriched with zinc sulphate significantly increases zinc levels in grain, offering a fast and cost-effective means to tackle one of the world's leading micronutrient deficiencies.

Date published: May 2011

Enhancing vegetable productivity in Zanzibar

Enhancing vegetable productivity in Zanzibar

Around the small village of Fuoni, just outside Zanzibar City, are fields of okra, tomatoes and peppers. These vegetable plots are not just the result of one season's farming. They also represent three years of hard work to create Umwamwema, a farmers' association with over 200 members.

Date published: May 2011

Innovative insurance by mobile

Innovative insurance by mobile

As African countries ponder strategies to reduce the vulnerability of crop production to the vagaries of the weather, a pilot insurance programme started in Kenya three years ago is expanding to insure against crop losses in maize, wheat, beans and sorghum.

Date published: April 2011

The cow that's shaping a teenager's life

The cow that's shaping a teenager's life

15 year old Miranda Masendi, who lives in western Uganda, had very few prospects after leaving primary school three years ago. But, with earnings from her new dairy cow, Miranda is attending secondary school and hopes to become a doctor.

Date published: April 2011

Uganda's flower dilemma

Uganda's flower dilemma

With its tropical climate, Uganda has the perfect conditions for growing flowers. But, mired in allegations of worker exploitation and government corruption, can the flower industry in Uganda compete with its neighbours and offer the long-term hope of jobs and sustainable development?

Date published: March 2011

 

 

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