Micro-loans May Increase Debt Following Crop Losses in Zimbabwe

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In the Chivi District of Zimbabwe, complexities of local conditions can undermine development efforts in semi-arid mixed farming areas. Effective interventions to address poverty require integrated, long term interventions that work at multiple levels to expand economic opportunities and empower people. Micro-credit loans of between US$13 and US$79 were made available to households, which facilitated […]

Aquaculture for African Smallholders

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In drought prone Malawi, integrated fishponds on farms had the effect of improving household incomes by an average of 600%. Ponds could yield up to 1500 kg/ha/yr of tilapia. Fish polycultures can significantly improve pond productivity when fish with complimentary diets are cultured together.    

Kalahari Garden Project

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The Kalahari Garden Project was launched in July 2007, with the aim of assisting the San population in the Omaheke region in improving their food security and nutrition through the development of home gardens. The project also set out to help promote and preserve traditional environmental knowledge, and contribute to building the skills and opportunities […]

Cultivation of Mele Reed

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The flood affected communities of Bangladesh have begun growing saline-resilient reeds to reduce vulnerability to floods and sea-level rise.

Adaptation and resilience in rooibos farming communities

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In semi-arid western South Africa, climate change has been detrimental to small scale rooibos tea farmers. Farmers have reduced their vulnerability by utilizing a wide range of adaptations, including the planting vegetation as wind breaks and to prevent soil erosion, removal of non-native vegetation for water conservation, harvesting of wild type tea that is lower […]