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Livestock disease in DRC a serious threat

Livestock disease in DRC a serious threat

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo 1 million goats and 600,000 sheep are at risk of contracting peste des petits ruminants, representing one-quarter of goats and two-thirds of sheep throughout the entire country.

Date published: August 2012

Locusts threaten Niger and Mali

Locusts threaten Niger and Mali

Heavy rain has caused the Desert Locust to multiply in Niger and Mali, threatening pastures and croplands, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization has warned.

Date published: August 2012

Free resource to help farmers fight crop pests and diseases

Free resource to help farmers fight crop pests and diseases

The science and agriculture organisation, CABI, has launched a free online resource designed to help extension workers, government organisations, researchers and farmers in developing countries diagnose, treat and prevent plant pests and diseases.

Date published: July 2012

Rolex award winner conserving biodiversity in Latin America

Rolex award winner conserving biodiversity in Latin America

Erika Cuéllar is one of five people to have won the 2012 Rolex Awards for Enterprise: for training local people as parabiologists in the Bolivian Chaco, the second-largest biome in South America after the Amazon.

Date published: July 2012

Livestock collar fights tsetse fly

Livestock collar fights tsetse fly

Kenyan scientists from the insect science research institute, icipe, have developed a cutting-edge technology that reduces levels of trypanosomiasis disease in cattle by more than 90 per cent.

Date published: July 2012

Green energy awards seeking organisations building sustainable energy into agriculture

Green energy awards seeking organisations building sustainable energy into agriculture

The Ashden Awards are seeking exciting sustainable energy enterprises from across the globe, which are leading the way in increasing the poor's access to energy and tackling climate change.

Date published: July 2012

Aquaculture and homestead gardens to improve nutrition in Cambodia

Aquaculture and homestead gardens to improve nutrition in Cambodia

In Cambodia's Prey Veng Province, 60 village model farms will soon be helping poor rural households improve their farming practices and nutritional status. Women farmers will be divided into two groups in which they will be taught to set up homestead gardens, one group with and the other without fish ponds.

Date published: July 2012

Plant clinics to provide extension services in Kenya

Plant clinics to provide extension services in Kenya

A programme, known as Plantwise, which seeks to provide farmers with crop health advice, is being expanded in Kenya by the Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with the science and agriculture organisation, CABI.

Date published: July 2012

Zoonoses are heavy burden for world's poor

Zoonoses are heavy burden for world's poor

Thirteen zoonoses, including tuberculosis and Rift Valley fever, are responsible for 2.2 million deaths every year, with the vast majority occurring in low- and middle-income countries, a new global study has revealed.

Date published: July 2012

Scientists plot against livestock lung plague

Scientists plot against livestock lung plague

Livestock farmers in Africa have reason to smile after scientists recently launched a project to develop a groundbreaking vaccine for the control and eradication of the fatal Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia, commonly known as lung plague.

Date published: July 2012

 

 

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