Posts Tagged ‘ Africa ’

‘Feast & Sacrifice’ finalist in Academy Awards

Nov 19th, 2012 | By | Category: Top Story, Video

Feast & Sacrifice is a carefully observed portrait of a Senegalese family living on the ragged edges of globalization. Questions of work, gender, and aspirations emerge as the family prepares for the biggest holiday of the year, the Islamic Feast of the Sacrifice.

Biofuels in The Guardian

Nov 7th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Stories

British firms have acquired more land in Africa for controversial biofuel plantations than companies from any other country, a Guardian investigation has revealed.

Half of the 3.2m hectares (ha) of biofuel land identified – in countries from Mozambique to Senegal – is linked to 11 British companies, more than any other country.

‘Question Box’ answering the call to better agriculture for farmers

Dec 13th, 2009 | By | Category: Student Work

With new seeds being made for farmers in Africa, new methods of farming being promoted and linking farming to markets being emphasized, the need for farmers to have appropriate information on seeds, practices and market prices has been highlighted as a key intervention in improving agricultural productivity and helping empower especially small holder farmers. Gerald Businge interviews the founder and CEO of Question Box, a new initiative that is shifting the way farmers in Africa are getting their information to help boost their productivity.

Africa Reporting Project correspondent publishes story on Ted Miguel in East Bay alt weekly

Dec 5th, 2009 | By | Category: Food for Thought

By ARP Staff
December 5, 2009

Africa Reporting Project correspondent Madeleine Bair published a story this week in the East Bay Express about economist Ted Miguel’s research on climate change and civil conflict in Africa. The study, produced by Miguel and a UC Berkeley doctoral student, is the first to link global warming to human warfare.

World Summit on Food Security concludes in Rome

Nov 18th, 2009 | By | Category: Student Work

Financial donations and other efforts to attack food insecurity around the globe need to be “scaled up,” the director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization said on Wednesday, as the World Summit on Food Security concluded in Rome. But the lack of attendance at the summit by all G8 country leaders–except Italy, where the three-day summit was held–did not bode well for increasing investment, donations and food aid to where they are needed most.

Will Google Trader help farmers in Africa?

Nov 14th, 2009 | By | Category: Food for Thought

November 13, 2009

Software and web-search giant Google last week launched the online Google Trader pilot in Uganda to connect sellers and buyers of goods and services, including in agriculture.

Google Trader online is part of the SMS-based services that the company launched in June in Uganda. The service is aimed at bringing together buyers and sellers of products or services in a “marketplace” using their mobile phones.

Pollan: ‘Locally grown’ is answer to lack of food

Nov 2nd, 2009 | By | Category: Ask the Experts

Stefano Valentino talks with Michael Pollan about how the “Eat Locally Grown Food” motto could help solve the food crisis in Africa.