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Unsettling times for India's buffalo nomads

Unsettling times for India's buffalo nomads

Van Gujjars are nomadic water buffalo herders who live in the forests and mountains of north India. In recent years, creation of national parks in their ancestral grazing lands has put their traditional way of life at risk.

Date published: November 2013

Nourishing communities

Nourishing communities

To fight malnutrition through agriculture, practical solutions involving nutrition, social and health factors are needed. Projects in Mali, Ethiopia and India undertaken by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (part of the CGIAR consortium) illustrate how this can be done.

Date published: September 2013

Cracking up? Brazil nuts under threat

Cracking up? Brazil nuts under threat

In the Brazil nut forests of the Peruvian Amazon, scientists from the Centre for International Forestry Research are trying to resolve a controversial question: can selective timber harvesting coexist with Brazil nut production?

Date published: July 2013

Afghan nomads - changing lives

Afghan nomads - changing lives

Afghanistan's Kuchi nomads were once able to graze their large flocks of fat-tailed sheep across the country's hills and mountains. But increasing competition for land from a growing population is pressuring families towards a more sedentary lifestyle. Nevertheless, Kuchi families continue to maintain much of their traditional culture, including sharply defined gender roles.

Date published: May 2013

Aflatoxin - fighting an invisible killer

Aflatoxin - fighting an invisible killer

Developed in the US and adapted for African conditions by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), aflasafe™ is an easy to use product that can protect crops from contamination by harmful, aflatoxin-producing fungus. After successful field trials in Nigeria, it is now being adapted for use by other African countries, including Kenya, Zambia, Burkina Faso and Senegal.

Date published: March 2013

Climate challenge for the Congo Basin

Climate challenge for the Congo Basin

For the people of Lukolela on the Congo River, reforesting the river banks and planting a green belt around their town have been adopted as a strategy to cope with climate changes. In recent years, lives, property and livestock have been lost to storms, and crop production hit by erratic rainfall and longer dry seasons.

Date published: December 2012

Innovating against hunger

Innovating against hunger

From chickpea harvests in the Ethiopian highlands to the market gardens of the Sahel and the rice and millet fields of India, photographs from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics and partners highlight technical and social innovations that are empowering smallholder farmers to improve productivity and tackle food insecurity.

Date published: November 2012

Securing rights in East Africa's rangelands

Securing rights in East Africa's rangelands

Competition for land and resources in the East African rangelands is prompting traditional managers of the land - livestock herders and hunter-gatherers - to find new ways to secure their rights.

Date published: September 2012

Senegal: melons by the million

Senegal: melons by the million

In northern Senegal, the village of Mbeur Beuf leases land for production of high quality, orange-fleshed melons, destined for European markets. Local crop farming has also benefited, thanks to a regular water supply, and young people are staying on in the area, attracted by regular income and better services.

Date published: June 2012

Coping with crisis in the Sahel

Coping with crisis in the Sahel

Low rainfall, poor harvests, high food prices and a lack of pasture mean that 13 million people are at risk of serious food shortages across the Sahel region. To help those worst affected by the crisis, Oxfam is running a number of programmes to provide income, water and animal healthcare.

Date published: April 2012

 

 

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