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Helping African Agriculture, One Garden At A Time

By Allana Mortell | April 12, 2012

Photo:  Oxfam International

Photo: Oxfam International

Finding a backyard with a garden can be a blessing and often a rarity for many homeowners in the United States. However, take a gander over to Africa and not only will you see things in a different light but you will find one of the biggest and newest initiatives taking place in the Western Hemisphere. “A Thousand Gardens in Africa,” is the latest from the Slow Food Movement and the plan is, in itself, self-explanatory. The mission: to build 1,000 gardens in 26 different countries throughout Africa.

Slow Food USA, the national non-profit organization dedicated to the slow food movement is teaming up with Slow Food International to carry out this enormous project. Throughout different countries in the Terre Madre region, including Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Morocco, Slow Food International advocates are working on building three different garden models in various African communities and villages. Read More


The Changing of the Tide: Africa’s Agricultural Revolution

By admin | October 28, 2011

Photo: le_i

Photo: le_i

By: Dylan Rodgers

As the colossal drought continues in the Horn of Africa, humanitarian groups have been working frantically to gather enough funds to feed those stricken by this horrible, planetary ‘disease’.  Both the Horn of Africa and the American South West are battling the repercussions from the worst, world-wide drought in recorded history, though the flexibility of the US to bend from a hit like this points to the differences in our multi-faceted industry and infrastructure.

This leads to the big question:  After the hungry are fed and the drought is over, what can be done in the Horn of Africa that will quell this from happening again?  Thankfully, this jigsaw puzzle entitled, “Economic Stability” already has some important pieces in place. Read More


A Revolution In African Agriculture

By mahir | December 6, 2010

(Credit: Eva Siegel, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs)

I’m super excited to see that a new study that presents a prescription for transforming Sub-Saharan Africa’s agriculture and its economy.

The study, “The New Harvest, Agricultural Innovation in Africa,” approaches the idea of self-sufficiency for the continent, within a generation.   The idea that a revolution in African agriculture is no more than a generation away, is exciting, and gives hope for those who live with little food and nourishment. Read More


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