In Case You Missed it: This Week in Review

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The ongoing famine in Somalia marks one of the worst humanitarian disasters the world has seen in the past two decades, but the media is not reporting on it nearly enough. The current famine in Somalia has received a paltry 0.2 percent of news coverage this year, which many relief foundations blame for the lack of support here in the United States.

Photo credit: Bernard Pollack

In this video, the International Crops Research for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and several partners, including China’s BGI-Shenzhen, discuss how mapping the genome of the pigeonpea will be helpful in breeding productive, disease- and drought-resistant varieties of this important and nutritious crop.

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In this post, guest author Tracy Sides discussed her experience participating in a 5-day Farm to Table course at the National University of Costa Rica. The course brought together animal and public health, agriculture, and development experts and students from both the United States and Costa to observe Costa Rican animal health and food systems.

Our indigenous fruit of the week is the Star Apple, a delicious and versatile fruit indigenous to West Africa. Not only does this fruit have more vitamin C than oranges, but it can also be made in to jam and wine, its pits can be used to make a musical instrument, while latex tapped from its tree trunks can be made in to rubber.

And our Nourishing the Planet TV episode this week discussed a collaboration between farmers in Zambia and a local brewery that uses the sorghum they grow to make affordable lager. While most clear beers such as lagers and pilsners are made with expensive, imported malts, the Zambian Breweries’ Eagle Lager is made from sorghum. A subsidiary of the South African-based SABMiller, Zambian Breweries purchases sorghum from local farmers, increasing farmers’ incomes and providing local grocery stores with an affordable lager.

Now it’s your turn: What were your favorite posts from the week? What do you hope we’ll write about next week? Let us know in the comments!

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