Issue 49: Livelihoods

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Making ICT work for food security in Africa

Africa faces a difficult challenge in meeting the main target of the first Millennium Development Goal—to halve the number of people suffering from malnutrition and hunger by 2015. Link | Read more...

Stabroek News: Wiruni farmers target manicole, crabwood oil to make ends meet

Berbice River farmers are moving away from traditional farming and delving into harvesting the heart-of-palm fruit and crabwood seed oil production as an alternative source of income as continual rainfall and flooding prevent them from cultivating their lands. Link | Read more...

Gates Foundation funds mechanization for women farmers in West Africa

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a US $19 million grant to a poverty reduction and women's empowerment project supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and designed to boost the productivity and income of women farmers using low-cost, mechanized power. Link | Read more...

Poor earning virtual gaming gold

Nearly 500,000 people in developing nations earn a wage making virtual goods in online games to sell to players, a study has found. Research by Manchester University shows that the practice, known as gold-farming, is growing rapidly. Link | Read more...

Housewife Designs Mobile Phone Charger

Mrs. Muyonjo is a housewife in a remote village of Ivukula in Iganga district, Eastern Uganda. She used to ride her bicycle for twenty miles in order to come to the nearest small town with electricity to charge her mobile phone battery. Not any more. Link | Read more...

Smallholder Irrigation Technology: Prospects For Sub-Saharan Africa

This report is a review of irrigation technologies for smallholders in the context of improving rural livelihoods, especially in regard to the prospects for sub-Saharan Africa. The role of traditional technologies is evaluated and modern water... Link | Read more...

Communicating with radio

This report is a critical review of 17 case studies that assess the effectiveness of farm and rural radio in helping smallholder farmers improve their productivity and food security. These studies, which are based on experiences in eight different... | Read more...

id21 insights #68, September 2007

The Overseas Development Institute in the UK recently carried out a study on ICT for rural livelihoods, commissioned by InfoDev. The study included a literature and donor review in collaboration with the Institute of Development Studies, and country... | Read more...

The economics of rural radio in Africa

This study has three specific objectives: to identify the costs incurred at radio stations (start-up costs, operating costs – including production costs – and the cost of programming with community involvement); to identify and analyze the revenue... | Read more...

Agricultural extension and training needs of farmers in small island countries

Geographical location of farmers is one of the factors under consideration when strategies for client-oriented agricultural extension approaches are being outlined. A large number of men and women are engaged in farming in thousands of small, medium... Link | Read more...

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