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Eric Wainaina (Nation Media)

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, , May 18, 2016

Portable orchard for the smart urban farmer

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y This blog post was written by Eric Wainaina, Nation Media Group. y The cypress trees surrounding the quarter-acre farm in Kasarani, Nairobi, sway from left to right as the wind blows. Swaying together with the trees, albeit slightly, are mango, tree tomato, apple and orange fruit trees grown inside polythene bags. Samuel Manene is… Read more »

S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

Photo S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

April 19, 2016

Legumes as a Tool to Fight Poverty: Why the International Community Needs to Refocus Investment Priorities

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This blog post was written by David Guerena, Agricultural Innovations Manager at One Acre Fund. Pulse crops are critically important to human nutrition, soil health, and agricultural productivity. These edible seeds of the legume family of plants are one of the main dietary staples for approximately 2 billion of the world’s poor, many of whom… Read more »

Ollivier Girard for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Photo Ollivier Girard for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

April 15, 2016

Experts’ advice on woodfuel governance in Burkina Faso

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A woman cooking with both firewood (left) and charcoal (right) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (Photo: J. Arevalo) By Susan Onyango Most people in sub-Saharan Africa depend on wood fuels as their main source of household energy. The same is true in Burkina Faso, where about 80% of the population cooks with charcoal or firewood or both…. Read more »

A. Diama (ICRISAT)

Photo A. Diama (ICRISAT)

Integrating research across countries in west and central Africa to benefit farmers

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Exploring ways to enhance integration and cooperation among scientists and across research projects to benefit farmers was the theme of the West and Central Africa (WCA) Regional Planning meet held recently. During the two-day regional planning meet, scientists: Reviewed key research for development (R4D) achievements and lessons learnt in the past 2-3 years; Reviewed and… Read more »

World Bank/Curt Carnemark

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Will El Niño be a wake-up call to invest in food security solutions?

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By Christian Thierfelder, Jill Cairns, Kindie Tesfaye, Peter Setimela  HARARE (CIMMYT) — In southern Africa close to 50 million people are projected to be affected by droughts caused by the current El Niño, a climate phenomenon that develops in the tropical Pacific Ocean causing extreme weather worldwide — this year, one of the strongest on record. Many of those millions are expected to be… Read more »

E.Hermanowicz (Bioversity International)

Photo E.Hermanowicz (Bioversity International)

April 5, 2016

Developing a nutrition-sensitive pro-WEAI

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 By Jesscia Heckert and Sunny Kim This month on A4NH’s Gender-Nutrition Idea Exchange, we continue our series of blogs on the second phase of the Gender, Agriculture, and Assets Program (GAAP2). GAAP2 aims to develop a validated indicator to measure women’s empowerment in agricultural development programs (pro-WEAI) which includes a nutrition-specific module to be used by programs with nutrition outcomes…. Read more »

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