Author Archives: Robert Walters

Wither Bioenergy?

Model biogas plant in Ghana West Africa. Burning wood is still the traditional energy source for heating and cooking purposes in low-income countries. Bioenergy has promised to improve rural livelihoods but impacts in North America have been uneven. Image source: … Continue reading

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Let Us Now Praise Famous Roots

Dr. Joe Manu Aduani, breeder CSIR Crops Research Institute Ghana, demonstrates Ampong cassava, an improved mosaic tolerant variety yielding up to 60 t/ha in the humid forest zone. Photo source: YouTube. Back in April, a recruiter with ACDI/VOCA in Washington, … Continue reading

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Tomorrow Is Our Impermanent Address

Floating gardens in Bangladesh. French agencies joint report Agrimonde says the state of global agriculture is better than you think. But assumptions are easily punctured, throwing human predictions off course. What are the forces that will shape food and agriculture … Continue reading

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The Biochar Mystique

Every now and then, some new brain wave assails the scientific community hive mind that promises to shift paradigms, usher a new era, herald a new understanding, save humanity, or some combination. Hubbub in the form of international conferences and … Continue reading

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Peasants, Farmers and Scientists

Ever hear of farming systems research, training and visit, participatory rural appraisal? If so, chances are you’re a veteran of the 1970s and 80s era war on food insecurity then blitzing across the African continent. This war had no generals, … Continue reading

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