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21 April 2017
When we talk about food security we tend to think about livestock or land production. However, many people around the world, especially those in coastal areas, also heavily rely on fish and seafood. In some countries, fish accounts for more than 25% of animal protein intake and some low-income...
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5 April 2017
Being both an environmentalist and an agronomist, I have always been fascinated by organic agriculture. Although the organic market in Russia is in its early stages, Russia seems to be an attractive location for the development of organic agriculture, since agriculture is not as intensive as it is...
Bönor från Kalmar Ölands Trädgårdsprodukter. Foto: Gunilla Lorentsson
16 March 2017
År 2016 var det internationella året för baljväxter. Syftet var att öka allmänhetens medvetenhet om fördelarna med baljväxter för en hållbar livsmedelsproduktion och tryggad livsmedelssäkerhet. Under året har mängder av olika aktiviteter arrangerats runtom i världen, och i Sverige har flera...
A woman pastoralist milks her goat in Borana, Ethiopia.
15 March 2017
Hand on your heart: Is animal health one of your main considerations when you think about international development cooperation or food security? When you read the news about the recent famine in East Africa, do you think: ‘I bet animal health played into this!’? Well, neither do I, but maybe that’...
14 March 2017
Youth and young people are becoming a hot topic among development donors and actors. But who exactly do these "labels" apply to, and are they too broad for effective policies? Or do they create too narrow a focus which is blind to larger structural issues? A driver of the Mogadishu Taxi Company...
8 March 2017
Alongside a group of my fellow study colleagues at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences I, Gabrielle Tillberg, was given the opportunity, thanks to the Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative (SIANI), to attend the Nordic Africa Days 2016 held in Uppsala, Sweden. Nordic...
Man feeding cattle
27 February 2017
Large swathes of the Horn of Africa are currently in the midst of a drought, and around 15 million people are facing food and water shortages. It is a humanitarian crisis with no signs of improving during 2017. According to the Kenyan government, a season of poor “long rains” has left more than 1.3...
Women with her cattle in Ethiopia.
22 February 2017
My name is Elvira Laurien and in September, I was given the opportunity together with six other master students at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) to participate in the Nordic Africa Days 2016 organized by the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala. The theme of the...
30 January 2017
It has been over a year since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the historic signing of the Paris Climate Agreement. Both of these events put forward a new agenda for development, and those who work in this field have been looking into the ways to navigate in this new...
Photo by FAOALC via Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.
9 December 2016
Think for a second what is your image of a peasant. Poor, badly educated, non-progressive, do these adjectives come to your mind? But why does this have to be like that? A woman farmer carrying a watering can and gardening tool to the field to work on crops. Photo by FAOALC via Flickr. If we...