Over the last two years Nourishing the Planet has traveled to 25 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, meeting with farmers, farmers groups, scientists, researchers, academics, NGOs, and other experts to identify the innovations in agriculture that are helping alleviate hunger and poverty while protecting the environment.
The projects highlighted by Nourishing the Planet show how agriculture can help restore local economies, improve livelihoods, and protect natural resources. Thirty of these innovations are featured in a photo slide show by the Mail & Guardian.
In Niger, for example, a group of 50 women in a small village, Tanka, have started farming using solar drip irrigation with the help of the International Crops Research Institute of the Semi-Arid Tropics’ (ICRISAT) Market Garden project. The women each manage their own plots, but share tools, water, and skills with one another. By selling their vegetables at nearby markets, most of the women have tripled their incomes.
To check out more innovations that are nourishing both people and the planet, check out the Mail & Guardian’s website. To purchase State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet please click HERE. And to watch the one minute book trailer, click HERE.
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Posted on April 30, 2011 at 3:00 pm.