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‘A Seed is Forever’ awarded ONA

Oct 29th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured Stories

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. […]



After the Floods

Oct 27th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured Stories

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 […]



Land Grab in the Niayes

Oct 27th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured Stories

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 […]



The revival of Mount Kilimanjaro

Oct 18th, 2010 | By | Category: Student Work

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.



The Central Valley and Agriculture

Oct 13th, 2010 | By | Category: One Question, Student Work

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.



Central Valley: Biological control of aflatoxins in pistachios to take off in California

Oct 13th, 2010 | By | Category: One Question, Student Work

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 […]



Central Valley: A holistic approach to reduce pesticide risk

Oct 13th, 2010 | By | Category: One Question, Student Work

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 […]



Central Valley: Final curtain for the pink boll worm

Oct 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured Stories, One Question

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.