Zimbabwe

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The Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium has published five situation analysis research updates, one for each of its case study countries. Each update outlines the background to the case study disease being investigated, the key questions the research team is exploring, some of the knowns and unknowns, and the research methodologies being followed. Bernard […]

AgHealth, Nov/2013

In 2012, three CGIAR centres — the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), based in Africa; the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), based in Mexico; and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), based in India — launched a joint project called 'Integrating crops and livestock for improved food security and livelihoods in Zimbabwe, or 'ZimCLIFS' for...

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Willie Dar, director general of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), highlights the success of taking a 'value chain' approach to improving goat production and marketing by small-scale farmers in Zimbabwe. '. . . [H]ow does . . .  innovation come about? One exciting example is the transformation of goat marketing underway now in southwestern...

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Watch this new provocative 22-minute TedTalk by Allan Savory on 'How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change'.

Alan Savory, a Zimbabwean-born biologist/ecologist and rangelands specialist, gives environmentalists pause in a recent TedTalk, published 4 Mar 2013, on the 'cancer' of desertification of the world's drylands, which make up some two-thirds of the Earth's surface.

'Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert', Savory begins in this quietly powerful talk. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes he has evidence that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even ...

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One of the drivers of disease in Africa, a continent with a particularly heavy disease burden, are environmental changes that help to spread infectious pathogens between animals (both wild and domestic) and people. That is why the start of a new research program, in which the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is participating, to investigate these links is good news. 'An innovative £3.2m research programme exploring the connections between ecosystems, health and poverty in...

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Overgrazing is often seen as a major cause of desertification. But by changing the way animals are managed, the Savory Institute (SI) and Africa Center for Holistic Management (ACHM) have restored 2,700 hectares of degraded land close to Victoria Falls by increasing livestock numbers by 400 per cent. Having increased land productivity, water ...

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Since 2008, the Parsel project has been monitoring cattle and wild hoofed animal movements in the Zimbabwe National Park. The aim is to understand and limit the spread of certain diseases. The results obtained so far are so encouraging that the protocol has just been extended to South Africa and Mozambique.

Read more ... (CIRAD)...

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When the smallholder dairy farmer looks at a cow, he sees more than just a simple economic asset whose value is reckoned in terms of the milk it produces.
What he sees is an asset endowed with an assortment of attributes ranging from the production of milk, manure to fertilize crops, insurance against unforeseen contingencies and a form of capital asset to finance occasional expenditure.

These non-market functions are crucial in economies where the financial markets may not be operating effectively or where deprivation prohibits ready access to the more formal markets. This is the value of the dairy cow that is greatly respected in farming communities.

One economic analyst recently said that the capture of these non-market values of cattle was crucial to the survival and competitiveness ...

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Zimbabwe’s Agriculture Ministry on Tuesday reported a fresh outbreak of anthrax in some parts of the country.

Veterinary Services director Stewart Hargreaves told ZimOnline that his department has recorded fresh reports of an outbreak of the deadly livestock disease.

“There has been an outbreak over the past two weeks. The outbreak has been recorded in Chegutu, Karoi, Kadoma and Chinhoyi,” said Hargreaves. “The situation is under control, there is no need to panic because anthrax is a common disease. It’s in the soil.”

Read more (Zim online - Zimbabwe)...

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Every fortnight Makaitei Musakwa, 45, catches one of her chickens, picks up some of the maize she has grown, and sets off for the village mill to have the maize ground into mealie-meal, Zimbabwe's staple food.

"It is difficult for me to raise the money that the miller charges ... I have nowhere to get it from," said the widow who looks after four children of her own as well as two nephews. "He charges a chicken to grind for me twice."

Read more (IRIN: Humanitarian news and analysis)...

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Siboniso Moyo
Regional Representative, Southern Africa

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Siboniso Moyo
Regional Representative, Southern Africa