US cotton Subsidies which began in 2001 have had a huge impact on world prices for cotton in Africa, particularly Mali. This has led to a decline in cotton farming for a country that is dependent on cotton production for growing subsistence crops (food) and social services like schools and housing. This is the story […]
Archive for October 2010
During Sierra Leone’s long civil war, diamond mining was fuel for the violence and a lure to rural youth who turned their backs on rural agriculture. But since the war ended in 2002, young people have been encouraged to play a pivotal role in moving the country forward, especially when it comes to food production. […]
Richard Shermer is a 60 year-old consultant from Fresno, California who spent most of his life in the Bay Area and Central Valley. Besides being a father of four and a soccer fan, Shermer splits his time between his work in real estate development and his long lasting passion, photography. It was that passion that […]
As Dakar has grown, new densely-populated urban centers have sprung up all over the city. Many, like Diammaguen, have developed haphazardly in low-lying, flood-prone areas not suitable for such concentrated habitation. Most of the residents here are poor, unskilled migrants from Senegal’s rural regions – agricultural people who fled the toil and diminished returns of […]
In only two generations, Pape Gueye has seen his family’s property shrink from some 150,000 acres to just 15 acres. His tireless work ethic, his status as a community leader, even the sustainable innovations he has introduced on his farm are no match for the insatiable appetite for cheap land now spreading across Senegal to […]
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and one of the most fertile areas in the continent of Africa. One million people depend on the land for agriculture.
Fresno County is one of the top agricultural counties in the United States producing billions of dollars in revenue for growing crops like fruits, nuts, livestock, vegetables and other field crops. As the Africa Reporting Project class digs deeper into African agriculture and the Green Revolution, they decided to also look into their backyard.
Aflatoxin contamination in staple crops like maize is a huge problem in Africa. Earlier this year 2.3 million bags of maize in Kenya were declared unfit for human and animal consumption due to aflatoxin contamination. The solution might lie in biological control. Themis Michailides, a plant pathologist at the Kearney Agricultural Research Center, talks about […]
Pesticide safety is a serious concern among agriculturists. While pesticides are seen as necessary to prevent crop losses, they often have unintended consequences on health and the environment. Laura Van Der Staay, who works in the IR4 program that facilitates pest management solutions for specialty crops and minor uses, feels that pesticide risk can be […]
Every day, a Cessna 206 flies over California’s San Joaquin Valley. As it approaches the valley’s cotton fields, its rear door opens some 500 ft above the ground, to release a sea of small gray moth with fringed wings — pink boll worms.