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The 21st century camel

The 21st century camel

Camel milk chocolate, frothy camelcinos and strawberry-flavoured camel milk, all from a 2,000-strong herd of calm, friendly, well-behaved camels. Not quite the picture of Bedouin desert nostalgia you'd expect, but Emirates Industry for Camel Milk and Products, better known as Camelicious, does things a little differently.

Date published: March 2011

Aluminium toxicity - breeding for resistance

Aluminium toxicity - breeding for resistance

In Rwanda, a breeding programme that combines farmer selection, improved plant screening and genetic analysis, is developing new, highly productive varieties of beans and forage grasses that can thrive in dry, acidic soil conditions.

Date published: March 2011

Supporting livestock keepers when disaster strikes - the LEGS project

Supporting livestock keepers when disaster strikes - the LEGS project

In times of emergency, poorly planned interventions to support livestock keepers can undermine their long-term resilience. Published in 2009, the LEGS handbook offers practical support for field workers and decision makers in designing and implementing livelihood-enhancing responses to emergencies.

Date published: February 2011

Ensuring the sustainability of organic cotton production in Mali

Ensuring the sustainability of organic cotton production in Mali

With organically grown cotton selling for up to 50 per cent more than conventional, production in Mali is on the rise. To ensure sustainability, the Millennium Seed Bank has been working with farmers to domesticate wild plant species that are traditionally used to control cotton pests.

Date published: February 2011

Woman organising to improve livelihoods

Woman organising to improve livelihoods

By organising women into groups and providing them with training, resources and credit, FAO has enabled women in ten communities in the Gambia to participate more effectively in decision-making processes and improve the efficiency and sustainability of their post-harvest fish businesses.

Date published: January 2011

Two degrees too much?

Two degrees too much?

Earth's climate is changing and the impact of rising temperatures on small-scale farmers in different regions around the world is already being seen. Two case studies recently released by CIAT (the International Center for Tropical Agriculture), dramatically highlight the effects of a two-degree rise in temperature.

Date published: January 2011

Stealing the market

Stealing the market

With guns and snares, Moffat Mwale poached buffalo and elephant for a living. But then he was caught and sentenced to prison. After his release he sought expert advice from the Community Markets for Conservation on how to farm and has since boosted his income ten-fold, selling organic rice and vegetables to a ready market.

Date published: January 2011

Lessons learned in Argentina helping Haiti cope with cholera

Lessons learned in Argentina helping Haiti cope with cholera

Drawing on experience from Argentina, where a cholera outbreak occurred in the mid-1990s, a three-part project in Haiti is focusing on educating people about the disease, training them in better farming practices and supplying vegetable seeds.

Date published: December 2010

Cowpea: bagging the bugs

Cowpea: bagging the bugs

A simple triple bag technology is helping smallholder farmers in Africa, who produce 70 per cent of the world's cowpeas, to save more than 25 per cent of the crop currently lost each year to pests after harvesting.

Date published: December 2010

Uncovering the reality of Haiti's agricultural sector

Uncovering the reality of Haiti's agricultural sector

Significant amounts of emergency aid were triggered by the earthquake in Haiti. Nine months on 1.5 million people remain homeless. However, a recent comprehensive assessment on seed system security recommended that there should now be a move away from emergency agricultural interventions in favour of significant investment in small farmer-driven agricultural systems.

Date published: November 2010

 

 

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