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Jatropha success in India?

India's 'wastelands' are a vital source of fodder

It is amazing to think of the amount of energy many people consume in our daily lives. The future of our economic growth depends on it: industry needs fuel. India is one country under pressure to keep up with industrial activity and productivity, but at the same time, to reduce emissions of harmful gasses during energy production. Is it possible? To find out, Neil Palmer went to ICRISAT, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics in India. He spoke to some leading scientists there, to ask them what kind of success farmers growing jatropha have had. In Jatropha success in India, we hear about the crop's success - and importantly, what they might mean for Africa.
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Article: Oil, toil and trouble bubbling - India's jatropha tussle

Sorghum boom in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone now has a sustainable sorghum supply chain (credit: John Mbonu)

Although more than half the working population are farmers, Sierra Leone currently has to import around 80 per cent of its food from neighbouring Guinea and from Europe. Making money from farming is a dream for most: after years of civil war and conflict, the country is only gradually re-building the peace and prosperity that it deserves. However, Sierra Leone Brewery, a subsidiary of the Heineken and Guinness breweries, are paying around 1,500 farming families to supply locally-grown sorghum to make beer. At a recent conference on agribusiness, John Mbonu, General Manager of the Sierra Leone Brewery, describes the programme.
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Article: Sorghum beer: a sustaining brew

New Agriculturist podcast 2008-5

 (credit: B Lemaga)

In the New Agriculturist podcast we hear from World Water Week in Stockholm, where wastewater use in urban agriculture was a hot topic. Catch up on the latest thinking about this valuable, but potentially dangerous resource. As something of a hot potato, wastewater might well be of interest to Berga Lemaga of the International Potato Center. Chips, or French fries are fast becoming one of East Africa's favourite foods; Lemaga believes that developing a pre-cut potato chip industry would allow African farmers to cash in even further. A less mouth-watering prospect for Africa's mango growers, however, is the damage caused by insect pests, such as fruit flies and mealy bugs. Bakary Kante of the UN Environment Programme ends the podcast by explaining why sharing common resources could ease their plight.
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Article: Cashing in on chips, Bakary Kante of UNEP, Coming clean on wastewater irrigation, Editorial

Land registration in Tanzania

Land registration in Tanzania

In Tanzania, the government has recognised the importance of secure land ownership in rural communities. Having legal title to land gives people the confidence to invest in it, thereby supporting many development activities. In 1999, the Village Land Act was passed, creating a process of land registration specifically aimed at smallholders. Until now, however, very little land has actually been mapped or registered, and few people are aware that any process exists. In response, the NGO Concern Worldwide is working in four districts, informing people about the Village Land Act and providing training and equipment to local authorities, to support the registration process. The impact on farming communities has been impressive, as programme manager Aswani Adams explains, in Land registration in Tanzania.
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Article: Domino effect - from land rights to human rights

Urban horticulture - reducing health risks

Farmers and consumers are at risk from irrigation with contaminated water (credit: FAO/G Napolitano)

In Accra, Ghana, 80 per cent of salad vegetables served in market restaurants and roadside stalls are grown within the city. They are typically irrigated using wastewater - a mixture of rainwater and sewage, containing high levels of human waste and some industrial effluent. This creates health risks, both for those who grow the vegetables and those who eat them. Given water scarcity, use of wastewater for irrigation will continue, and may become even more important in the future. So how can it be made safer, for farmers and consumers? In Urban horticulture - reducing health risks Accra-based water expert, Pay Drechsel, offers some practical answers.
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Article: Coming clean on wastewater irrigation

Potato chips - feeding an infant industry

 (credit: B Lemaga)

Potato chips are an increasingly popular food in Africa. Many of these chips are imported, cut and frozen, from European manufacturers. But why can't Africa produce its own packaged chips? One reason is the poor availability of the right varieties of potato. There are also very few processing units in Africa that can make chips. But, according to Dr Berga Lemaga in Potato chips - feeding an infant industry, potato chips represent a real income-generating opportunity for African farmers and processors, especially now that organisations such as his own are working to increase the availability of clean potato seed of the right varieties.
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Article: Cashing in on chips

The New Agriculturist podcast 2008-4

The need for an African 'green revolution' has long been called for (credit: IFAD)

Download this edition of the New Agriculturist podcast to hear the international brewer sourcing local sorghum to make beer in West Africa; the Caribbean flower farmer keeping up with the rocketing demand for exotic blooms, the potato scientist who is passionate about the third-most important staple food on the planet and Kofi Annan promoting a uniquely African Green Revolution. The theme, as always, is agriculture and its ability - with the support of science - to transform lives for the better, even for the poorest farmers. So join us in Rome, London, Salzburg and Peru for some inspiration on how to meet the challenge.
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Article: Editorial, Competing on a world stage, Pushing for potatoes, Sorghum beer: a sustaining brew

Home gardens from recycled materials

Home gardens from recycled materials

The theme of Londonís Chelsea Flower Show this year was gardening for climate change. One of the most impressive exhibits was a backyard garden constructed by the Durban Botanic Gardens. The garden is constructed from recycled plastics, scrap metal and car tyres. It may sound messy, but Susie Emmett discovered that in reality, the backyard garden is a beautiful and relaxing place, as well as being highly productive. In Home gardens from recycled materials designer, Christopher Dielle, gives her a tour, and explains some of the other work that the Durban Botanic Gardens is doing to bring greenery and vegetable crops to South African schools.
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Article: Competing on a world stage

Technology and trade for African bananas

 (credit: IITA)

In recent years, banana farming in East Africa has had its fair share of troubles. Diseases like Black Sigatoka have decimated harvests and the spread of banana bacterial wilt threatens to be even more devastating. But, according to Andrew Kiggundu of Ugandaís National Agricultural Research Organisation, there is better news in the pipeline. The government in Uganda is now supporting trials of disease-resistant GM bananas which, Kiggundu believes, could have a major role in protecting banana harvests. And in October 2008, exciting new marketing opportunities for Africaís banana growers will be under discussion at the Banana 2008 conference in Mombassa. In Technology and trade for African bananas he explains more.
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Article: Africa's banana jamboree

African Green Revolution: supporting the private sector

African Green Revolution: supporting the private sector

Private sector entrepreneurs are essential to translate new technologies into profitable businesses, says Josephine Okot, founder and chief executive officer of Victoria Seeds in Uganda. Small companies are also well placed to respond to the market demands and opportunities, compared to large multinationals. But, she argues, they need better support. Banking arrangements, for example, should be more supportive of businesses that are working on behalf of the poor. They also need to recognise how adverse weather, such as drought or floods, can impact on yields and profits. And research must also be more market driven. She shares her strongly held views in African Green Revolution: supporting the private sector.
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Article: Reaping what you sow: developing a seed industry in Africa


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