Global Agriculture Posts

Evening of Storytelling Features Leaders from the Developing World

Aspen New Voices Fellows recently gathered in Nairobi to share the personal stories behind their work in development.

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This Story Will Not Self-Destruct in 10 Seconds

Burnesser Ellen Wilson started in communications in 1986 with a telephone and a phone book. Lots has changed since then, but one thing has remained the same: the power of a good story.

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Save the Ugali!

I recently visited smallholder farmers in Iringa, Tanzania, with a team of nine journalists. We learned that ugali, the most common staple starch in my home country of Kenya, is under threat! But we also saw some incredible projects underway to save the dish.

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Four Questions with Saburi Chirimi

Saburi Chirimi has been advancing social change from our Nairobi office since 2014. In this interview, Julie Mankowski explores the projects Saburi works on, the impact they have, and why she calls her bike “Chuck Norris.”

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A Surge in Federal Support of Agricultural Research Is Needed Now

Growth in US agricultural production has leveled off, and agricultural research budgets have been mostly flat for decades. Meanwhile, China’s production has increased dramatically, supported by a tripling of the government’s investment in agricultural research. A new report shows that it is time once again to grow more solutions on US soil.

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Evidence-Based or Advocacy Communications?

“How do we stay true to scientific rigour while communicating scientific results in ways that help influence publics and create big impacts?” Science communicator Susan MacMillan of the International Livestock Research Institute explored this question in a recent opinion piece, which is discussed and linked to in this post.

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Our Creative Portfolio

Videos, graphics, gifs, Twitter, blog posts, websites – these days, there are so many ways to communicate beyond traditional media, and Burness does ‘em all. To showcase some of our recent creative work, we’ve put together a new creative portfolio.

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Ending the Drought in Agriculture Research Funding

In the 1940s, almost 40 percent of the U.S. government’s research budget was focused on agriculture. Today, only two percent is. This decrease is not just an issue for farmers; it’s dangerous for all of us who depend on agriculture to put food on the table.

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What Happens When Cartoonists Get Serious

Kenyan cartoonists are getting serious about putting an end to land grabs. Read on to learn (and see!) how they're doing it.

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What Do Drought, Ice Cream and Bird Flu Have in Common?

The U.S. agriculture sector faces many problems these days. Take the ongoing California drought that threatens more than one-third of our country’s vegetables and two-thirds of our fruits. Or have you eaten Blue Bell ice cream recently? Blue Bell recalled ALL of its ice cream products because of Listeria contamination, causing three deaths and 10 hospitalizations. Or check out the avian flu, which killed more than 48 million chickens and cost the USDA more than $500 million since mid-December.

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