Meet Mallam Issa Salifu from a farming community near Nangodi, Ghana. Mr. Salifu farmers maize, millet and fish. He says his companion is his radio from morning
till he sleeps.
Radio has helped him very much ever since Radio Gurune started broadcasting in his local language about 4 year ago.
He said: “We have farmland all around the red Volta river, where sometimes we get floods and all my farms are washed away. But, the radio gives me information about farming techniques. I changed the type of maize I was sowing to a short maturing variety, and last season I had a good harvest. So, my family will feed on this harvest till the next farming season. I also provide fish for making soup and what is left, I sell in order to provide for other needs of the family.”
Standing by the tree where he dries fish to feed his family, Mr. Salifu is full of praise for the initiators of the radio programmes. He says they should continue because only radio is the farmer’s friend.
This story is told by Lydia Ajono from Bolgatanga, Ghana. Learn more about the Ghana Community Radio Network here.
Excessive fertilizer and sewage can be deadly. There are zones in our lakes and oceans, where all life is literally wiped out. Here is a new competition that seeks to combats dead, dirty water. If you have an idea for a sustainable solution, you could be one to bring back life, and be the latest millionaire for it too! Read more here, and submit your entry before April 11, 2014.
Originally posted on The Dirt:
Tulane University is offering a $1 million prize to the team who comes up with the best solution for combating hypoxia-affected waters, the dead zones in the world’s lakes and oceans. Hypoxia is the oxygen depletion in water bodies caused by “excessive amounts of river-borne fertilizers and other nutrients.” Tulane’s grand challenge is a response to President Obama’s call for universities and philanthropies to step up and pursue innovative solutions to our most pressing environmental problems.
Coastal and inland lake ecosystems are increasingly threatened by hypoxia. While the Gulf of Mexico is famous for its growing dead zone, the issue is increasingly global, writes Tulane. “Nutrient enrichment can jeopardize the future of estuaries and coastal wetlands that depend on freshwater and sediment delivery for stability and persistence.”
Dead zones not only have an impact on the environment but also the economy. These unproductive areas “destabilize the businesses, families and communities that are sustained by fisheries.”
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Need new inspiration for winter veggies? Here you go!
Originally posted on Adventures in Local Food:
The reality of being a twenty something these days is that things often tend to be fairly up in the air, “lets see what happens”, non-committal. Some might (and do) call this being a big ol’ flake, but reality is it can be hard to plan ahead and make commitments when even where you’ll be living in a few months is uncertain.
Recently I celebrated my one year anniversary of being in my current house. The first time I’d accomplished such a feat in almost 10 years. This was pretty good. Feeling pretty confident it my new-found settledness, I took the next logical step. I joined the EAC’s community root cellar. Because, well, the idea of having a root cellar is pretty damn cool.