Boost for Africa’s smallholder farmers’ access to sustainable agricultural technologies as USAID announces $ 50 million Africa RISING Phase 2

Matilda Msangila, a farmer in Mahutanga Village, Kilombero District Tanzania harvests salt tolerant rice variety from her paddy field (Photo credit: Gloriana Ndibalema/IITA) The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Food Security in Washington DC has announced funding for a second 5-year phase of the Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next …

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Intensification of smallholder livestock production through utilization of crop residues for livestock feed in Tanzania

With expansion of arable land and resultant decline in grazing resources, crop residues are becoming an increasingly important component of livestock feeds and a key livelihood resource in mixed crop-livestock production systems. This poster, produced for the Tropentag 2016 conference, explains findings from studies which characterized the use of crop residues for livestock feed as an option for enhancing …

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Characterization of local chicken production and management systems in Babati, Tanzania

Most rural households in Tanzania like in other African countries, keep local chickens as a primary source of protein and income. Chicken are also regarded as one of the strategies for poverty alleviation among poor smallholders. Most chicken in Africa are kept in free range systems where they mostly scavenge on available food sources that are supplemented with whole grains or kitchen leftovers. As a …

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Climate change intensifies night-time storms over Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria in East Africa will become a hotspot for hazardous thunderstorms due to climate change. This is shown by an international study published in Nature Communications on the 23rd of September. Stef Lhermitte (TU Delft / Delft University of Technology) analysed the differences between storms during the day (which occur mainly over land) and …

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How to do better health reform: a snapshot of change and improvement initiatives in the health systems of 30 countries.

Related Articles How to do better health reform: a snapshot of change and improvement initiatives in the health systems of 30 countries. Int J Qual Health Care. 2016 Sep 21; Authors: Braithwaite J, Matsuyama Y, Mannion R, Johnson J, Bates DW, Hughes C Abstract Health systems are continually being reformed. Why, and how? To answer …

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Smart environments and smart growth: connecting innovation strategies and digital growth strategies

Smart environments and smart growth: connecting innovation strategies and digital growth strategies Nicos Komninos International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, Vol. 7, No. 3 (2016) pp. 240 – 263 This paper discusses the interface between innovation systems and digital systems. It is based on a literature review that examines how innovation and smart environments converge from …

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