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Rebuilding agriculture and communities in post-conflict countries – From the soil up

"Focusing on the development of agriculture sector in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine where poverty and food insecurity are aggravated by instability can bring unique value to the region and beyond borders. Smallholder farmers in these countries suffer from poor land productivity, frequent spells of drought and outdated technologies and practices. ICARDA continued to work with the farmers and agricultural institutions to improve rural incomes, build national capacities and develop essential infrastructure.”

"And on an early morning, when I was almost the only one awake, I saw Fielding Berlew in the middle of the road, dancing to "The Ballad of Rose McInnis," which he sang with deep feeling and tears in his eyes. He had spent the night in a lonely vigil in town - "three-thirds drunk," as he would say - owing to his failure to see eye to eye with his wife. He danced with his arms held out like wings, in slow steps round and round, as gracefully as it could be done by a drunk man in a pair of gum boots. All of a sudden a trailer truck popped over the rise. It began to shudder and buck and weave; there was a great bowling and hissing and brakes and the tires shrieked on the blacktop. Only when the front bumper was virtually touching Fee’s thigh did the driver manage to bring the truck to a standstill and then collapse with relief and thanksgiving. Fee, who had taken no notice of the late commotion, continued to dance and sing. The driver then reconcentrated his forces and blew the horn, a long exasperated bleat that disparaged Port William and all it stood for. Fee thereupon took notice. He stopped dancing, and then as an afterthought he stopped signing. He regarded the driver. He regarded the truck. He looked down upon it, insofar as a small man can look down upon a thing towering many feet above his head. He looked back at the driver. He said, "Get that sonvabitch out of the road - before I kick it out of the road.”

"Jayber Crow," Wendell Berry

this weirdo is my favorite. it’s been good to visit. i think i’m almost ready to go back.

this weirdo is my favorite. it’s been good to visit. i think i’m almost ready to go back.

"Women are traditionally the main collectors of fuelwood, medicinal and aromatic plants, and other non-timber forest products from forest and agroforestry landscapes but they receive only a fraction of the benefits. Women tend to concentrate their efforts at areas along the value chain that are characterized by low visibility. (…) /// (…) Greater participation by women in decision making at household and community levels has been shown to improve forest regeneration, increase crop yields, improve financial management and prioritize funding for pro-poor and empowerment programs. /// The methods and tools outlined in the new guide are designed to help researchers identify opportunities for leveraging empowerment and inclusive change, and engaging with those who can bring about change, such as government, civil society and the donor community.”

New guide to gender analysis in agroforestry,” World Agroforestry Centre

7/6/2014 // Rotonda West // Rotonda West, Florida // 26°53′16″N 82°16′17″WRotanada West, Florida is an unincorporated community shaped like an incomplete wagon wheel. A closed, fresh-water canal system surrounds the outside of the “wheel” and travels inside each of the pie-shaped wedges to form the subdivisions of the development. A protected wetland that is home to alligators, bald eagles, great blue herons, egrets and many other species is the reason for the wheel’s incomplete construction. 

7/6/2014 // Rotonda West // Rotonda West, Florida // 26°53′16″N 82°16′17″W

Rotanada West, Florida is an unincorporated community shaped like an incomplete wagon wheel. A closed, fresh-water canal system surrounds the outside of the “wheel” and travels inside each of the pie-shaped wedges to form the subdivisions of the development. A protected wetland that is home to alligators, bald eagles, great blue herons, egrets and many other species is the reason for the wheel’s incomplete construction. 

(Source: dailyoverview)