This East African magazine is published in English four times a year and is primarily a forum for ALIN Network members to exchange development ideas and experiences on five key thematic areas, namely; agricultural production techniques, environmental management, market information, gender, health and HIV / AIDS.
Language of the magazine: English
Desertification: A Threat to Livelihoods in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands
The threat posed by desertification and land degradation has drawn global attention in recent decades as projections of the world’s population show that there will be an enormous demand for food by 2050. Yet land available for farming is not expanding. At the same time, awareness about damage created by intensive use of inorganic fertilizers and pesticides, degraded soils and reduced biodiversity is leading more people to push for an alternative path towards achieving global food security.
This issue of Baobab focuses on Farmers’ Organisations. The theme is informed by the reality that farmers are able to achieve better outcomes for themselves and for national and global aspirations of food security and food sovereignty when they are well organised and able to speak in one voice.
Issue 62 - Trees And Farming
This issue of Baobab focus on the importance of planting trees together with crops and also keeping livestock - a practice known as Agroforestry. Trees are an important contributor to climate change adaptation and have multiple benefits to humankind.
Issue 61 - Youth and farming
The laxity of young people taking up farming may be due to, but not limited, to lack of farming incentives, inadequate access to productive assets such as land and capital, inadequate infrastructure, limited well functioning markets, high population pressure on land and inadequate access to appropriate technologies by farmers. In this issue, we look at ways in which farming can become 'attractive' for the youth.
Issue 059 - Water Management and Food Security in Africa
This issue of Baobab focus on access to water for sustainable agriculture and livelihoods, its management and policies, or lack of them, which can regulate its effective and efficient use. In a region that highly relies on rainfall for food production, a lot needs to be done in agricultural water management if food security is to be achieved.