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The latest edition of New Agriculturist (3.edition/2013) is now online
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New Agriculturist
The latest edition of New Agriculturist (2013-3) is now online at Urban agriculture, for years outlawed by municipal authorities, offers solutions to numerous urban problems, including poverty, food and nutrition insecurity, unemployment and waste management. Exciting developments in this edition of New Agriculturist include micro-irrigated greenhouse cultivation in Tunisia, development of urban agriculture policy in Liberia, urban dairying in Kenya and micro-gardening in Senegal.
Focus on
Using water wisely to feed growing cities
With greenhouses, crops can be grown in the earth and suspended above ground (credit: © M Bouraoui and B Houmane)
In Soukra, Tunisia, an IDRC-financed project has been working to mitigate environmental threats urban farmers face, while helping them secure and improve their livelihoods. read article
Livestock in the city: separating fact from fiction
In the absence of evidence, policies are often based on the prejudice that urban livestock keeping is unsafe (credit: © Kate Holt/Internews Network)
In 2005, a study was initiated by the University of Nairobi and ILRI to understand the risks and benefits of urban dairying, to contribute to pro-poor policy and create good practice guidelines for risk reduction. The study revealed some surprising results. read article
The role of UPA in rebuilding Liberia
75% of urban farmers in Liberia are women (credit: © Welthungerhilfe)
To help reduce urban poverty, improve food security and enhance waste management, Welthungerhilfe and the RUAF Foundation have collaborated with Monrovia Municipality to promote urban and peri-urban agriculture in Liberia. read article
Urban agriculture gets policy-level support in Sri Lanka
Micro-farms provide a ready supply of cheap, fresh produce (credit: © Kannan Arunasalam/IWMI)
To boost production of safe and nutritious food and enhance urban agricultural activities in Sri Lanka, urban gardeners in Gampaha on are being assisted with marketing, business planning and agricultural water management. read article
Transforming waste and wasteland in Dakar
HLM Patte d'Oie is a green oasis in the city's bustling outskirts (credit: © Sustainable Cities International)
In Dakar, Senegal, micro-gardening projects are re-greening urban spaces previously lost to rubbish dumping and car parks. New waste collection and sorting practices have reduced pollution and provided raw material for compost making. read article
GFAR: Research innovations
Organic sack gardening in Bangladesh
Sack gardening has also empowered women, who most often organise and take care of the gardens (credit: © FIVDB)In Bangladesh, 500 people with limited access to land are supplementing their food and income by growing vegetables in sacks. In addition to enabling families to consume vegetables more regularly, sack gardening has also empowered women, who most often organise and take care of the gardens. read article
Making mountain communities nutritonally secure
INHERE works with agricultural communities to promote agricultural biodiversity (credit: © INHERE)
To help smallholders in India's central Himalayan mountain region attain food and nutrition security and increase their net incomes from sustainable livelihoods, the Institute of Himalayan Environmental Research and Education is working to promote agricultural biodiversity and add value to smallholder produce. read article
Protecting Vietnamese street food
In Hanoi's Old Quarter, streets are packed with stalls where people can buy traditional meals (credit: © NOODLES)Informal street food contributes to food security and to national economic growth but the selling of food without proper sanitary measures raises food safety concerns. In Vietnam, one NGO has launched a campaign to encourage vendors to implement good practices to protect consumers. read article
Combating aflatoxin - a value chain approach
Afri-Nut Ltd adds value to smallholder groundnut products (credit: © Twin)To tackle aflatoxin contamination and secure more reliable access for smallholders in Malawi to value-added international markets, a UK-based ethical trading organisation has devised an approach to stop moulds developing, and has also established a groundnut processing plant. read article
Making the most of sea cucumbers
An i-Kiribati fisher showing off carefully processed sea cucumbers (credit: © SW Purcell)To improve the incomes of remote Pacific island communities, fishers are being provided with support to enable them to process sea cucumbers to the high quality demanded for export, particularly to China. read article
Points of view
Investing in agriculture
What motivates African governments to invest in different kinds of agricultural development? (credit: © FAO/Simon Maina)
Participants at the Future Agricultures Consortium's Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa conference discuss the factors that influence governments and others to support investment in agricultural development in Africa. read article
In pictures
Afghan nomads - changing lives
Afghan nomads - changing livesAfghanistan'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. read article
My perspective
Tsegaye Tadesse has been working to establish PFM in Ethiopia (credit: © FARM-Africa)
Tsegaye Tadesse, Farm Africa, Ethiopia
Tsegaye Tadesse, a senior forestry advisor for the NGO Farm Africa, explains how communities in Ethiopia's Bale Mountains are set to earn carbon offset funding through the UN's REDD scheme, because of their participatory forest management. read article
Country profile
Women frequently face the challenge of precarious land tenure (credit: © FAO/Giulio Napolitano)
With an economy dominated by subsistence agriculture, Burundi is working towards revitalising the economy but rapid population growth and inefficient agricultural production are serious challenges. read article
GFAR updates
GFAR present a selection of brief news items based around recent international and regional events and meetings concerned with agricultural innovation and its implications in development. read article
News brief
CBSD can claim 100 per cent of a farmer’s harvest (credit: © E Kanju/IITA)
Recent news, including the rapid spread of Cassava Brown Streak Disease, the development of a national aquaculture strategy in Timor-Leste, the publication of South African land reform data, and a new report detailing the importance of international collaboration and investment in agricultural research. read article
Book reviews
What has nature ever done for us
Reviews of some of the latest agriculture and rural development publications, including What has nature ever done for us? by Tony Juniper. read article
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