Resisting disease

Christine E. Lyimo responds to the article on the work of the Kenyan geneticist Sheila Ommeh on disease tolerance in indigenous chickens, including Newcastle and Gumboro, in Spore No. 160: “Being a smallholder farmer in indigenous poultry, the possibility of having better chickens which are resistant to diseases is surely something to look forward to.”


Food policies

After reading the interview with Yamar Mbodj on food insecurity, published in the same issue, Mr. Suleiman Matojo writes: “I have read your contribution on food security. It’s true, the international community comes at the last minute when the food situation is worst. I suggest that food security campaigns should be for all. Let us design policies that can encourage food production, food storage and provide food for the needy.”


Avoiding conflict

Also in Spore 160, the editorial on pastoralism by our Director has caught the attention of one of our readers who sent us the following comment: “I think efforts should be made by ACP governments to eliminate conflicts that always arise between pastoralists and crop farmers. Many times, pastoralists graze their flocks in crop farms.”


Carbon markets for smallholders?

An article on carbon markets in issue 159 of Spore has led to the following reaction: “I am happy to note that a forest rehabilitation project is working in Mt Elgon area in Uganda where I work. The bottom line is that the concept of carbon markets, carbon credits and clean development mechanisms, to mention a few, are still on paper. Without critical analysis, it is clear that the majority of farmers are smallholders with an average of two acres per household. This means that any strategy which does not target this category has a very high failure rate. Over the past 10 years there have been several organisations (Care, Merecep, IUCN to mention but a few) working to conserve and promote agroforestry but the challenges remain... . The issue is how can the carbon market be made easier for the smallholder farmers to access carbon credits?”


Keeping up-to-date

We strive to make Spore meet your expectations. One reader wrote: “The magazine has been and is still of immense assistance to me as a government field staff advisor. I left school a long time ago but the magazine keeps me abreast of the latest developments in agriculture.” Do not hesitate to give us further feedback and suggestions for improvement!

The publication section of the magazine is always much appreciated. Concerning the Agrodok manual on ‘Improving brooding and hatching in small-scale poultry keeping’, a reader tells us: “The rural world is facing enormous problems of food insecurity linked to many diseases, which poultry are facing due to lack of attention. Improvements detailed in this book will reduce the risk of food insecurity and will be disseminated.” We are delighted to know that our publications help you. Many more can be found in our publications catalogue at the following address:

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