Some of our videos are hosted on YouTube or Vimeo. You can
watch them by clicking the play button. Currently we have 14
of our videos on line.
Maize for Life
In many parts of the world Maize (Corn) is the most planted and consumed staple crop. While maize was first domesticated and clutivated in Mexico, it spread rapidly throughout Africa and Asia as well.
This video shows how improved maize from the
International Maize and Wheat Improvement center
(CIMMYT) has changed the lives of three rural women.
We are posting three videos we made with funding from
the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA, -
Now Global Affairs Canada) that show the work of the
Cali Colombia based International Center for Tropial
Agriculture, CIAT. This video shows how consulting
farmers in a participatory way can lead to solutions
that matter and that farmers themselves are keen
observers of plants anc crops and as they have been
for thousands of years are real crop scientists.
Our second video for CIAT show how communities in
the Cauca Valley of Colombia are working to protect
the environment while remaining productive and are
passing those lessons to their children.
This video, produced for the Canadian International
Development Agency (CIDA, - Now Global Affairs Canada)
shows the work of the World Agroforestry Center
(ICRAF) in Zambia, southern Africa
Soil infertility is one of the most pressing problems
faced by small-scale farmers in Sub Saharan Africa.
The burden on the land, under pressure to produce
season after season is too much. Fertilizers are often
expensive or just not available. In this video
produced for the Canadian International Development
Agency (CIDA - Now Global Affairs Canada) scientists
from the World Agroforetry Center show a potential
solution that everyone can afford.
Living FencesThe conflict between the needs of livestock and the needs of farming families in the dry season in Mali, West Africa often sees goats and other animals overrunning the small, dry season gardens that many farmers try to grow to provide nutrition for their familes.
Researchers at the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) have come up with a novel solution.
Biological Control for Pests in RiceThe International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is the world's center of excellence for breeding better rice. Rice is the most important crop on the planet when it comes to human consumption.
Giving farmers solutions to pests and diseases that increase productionwithout increasing costs is vital to their livelihoods and well-being.
When Irrigation has Problems
It seemed like a good idea at the time... build a large dam and irrigation system and encourage farmers to move into a relatively un-develped area to grow rice. But the modern scheme didn't work as expected. A much older, traditional system had functionwed well. The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) took on the job of finding out the nature of the problems as a means to paving the way to solutions.
If there were no Bananas
This video produced for Bioversity International examines the state of the worlds' banana production -- not just teh desert bananas populare in North America and Europe but also the bananas and plantains that form a subastantial part of the diest of millions in the globel South.
A small flying insect wrecks havoc around the world. The little known pest, the whitefly, is a disease carrier just as fleas carried the Plague. The viruses this fly moves from plant to plant destroy the livelihoods of many of the planets most vulnerable farmers.
When Less Means MoreThis is a near final cut of a video made for ICARDA, the International Center for Agricltural Research in the Dry Areas. It was shot in high definition in the Nile delta in Egypt.