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Keyhole Gardens in Lesotho. Lesotho gardens relieve food crisis. As delegates at the UN food summit in Rome tackle concerns over food production, the BBC's Peter Greste visits Lesotho, one of the countries most at risk from climate change and global food and fuel price rises.

Lesotho gardens relieve food crisis

Lesotho's vast highland plains are spectacular places for tourists. Broad and treeless, they offer stunning views of the mountains looming over shimmering gold grasslands. But they are terrible for farmers. Decades of intensive agriculture have stripped the land of trees, and exposed soils to wind and rain. Erosion has created countless miniature canyons that split the plains everywhere you look. According to the Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, Efraim Lehata, a typical farmer in Lesotho's maize belt would be lucky to squeeze half a tonne of grain from each acre of land. They should be able to produce more than 14 times that. Global forces He admits that a lot of the blame rests with the country itself. Keyhole gardens 'Food is life' Lesotho: keyhole gardens equal hope. © Sarah Oughton/BRC As climate change, food crises and the HIV pandemic continue to hit hard in Africa, Lesotho has found one small but successful solution to some of its big problems – keyhole gardens.

Lesotho: keyhole gardens equal hope

Lesotho is a southern African country barely the size of Belgium, where food and HIV are inextricably linked. Its economy, which is heavily reliant on agriculture, faces many challenges – including severe droughts, a short growing season, and soil stripped of nutrients by intensive agricultural practices. With a population of just 2.2 million, Lesotho also struggles with one of the world’s highest rates of HIV, at 23.6 per cent, compounding its challenge to grow food, with its workforce severely weakened. Diane Moody, British Red Cross programme manager, explains: “The HIV pandemic is linked with chronic food shortages and for households affected by HIV it can be a vicious circle.

Struggling to eat. AFRO-LATIN HISTORY & CULTURE. African civilisations. Ancient Egypt PresentationTeachers' notesStudents' worksheets One of the most well-known of ancient civilisations, not least for its artistic output, Egypt is less frequently studied as an African society.

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The focus is on evidence from objects, especially tomb paintings. Helping Hands health helps children in Uganda fight diseases like malaria. Orange River - South Africa. The Orange River, South Africa's major river, rises in the Drakensberg in Lesotho, where it is known as the Senqu.

Orange River - South Africa

From where the river leaves Lesotho, it flows westward for some 2200km to where it finally flows into the Atlantic Ocean at Alexander Bay. At the source of the Orange River the rain fall is approximately 2000mm per annum and decreases as the river flows westward. At its mouth the rainfall is less than 50 mm per annum. Evaporation, on the other hand, increases in a westerly direction. From Lesotho's border to below the VanderKloof Dam the river bed is deeply incised. DamsThe Gariep Dam, near Colesberg, is the main storage structure within the Orange River. The villages surrounding both dams offers excellent overnight stops and the Gariep Dam Accommodation and the Vanderkloof Dam Accommodation options are typical of the country side.

Political Geography Now: Mali Map: Islamist Control & French Intervention. Islamic extremist militants have ruled Mali's vast northern region almost unopposed for half a year, after driving out the secular Tuareg-majority separatists who briefly declared an independent country there last spring.

Political Geography Now: Mali Map: Islamist Control & French Intervention

But everything changed last weekend, with a new rebel offensive and surprise French military intervention that have kicked the war back into full gear. Read on for a summary of events.Map Updates: Check our Mali channel for frequent updates to this map. Northern Mali in Rebel Hands The rebellion in northern Mali began as a separatist struggle led by the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), a secular group of mostly Tuareg ethnicity who last spring successfully seized Mali's north and declared independence as the State of Azawad. But their victory was soon hijacked by Ansar Dine, a hard-line Islamist militia (also led by Tuaregs) that had fought alongside them previously. Africa for kids lesson plans. Biomes of Africa. Wildlife Photography Africa travel, Aerial Photographer. Africa's Physical Features. Earth's Endangered Creatures. How to make a Plastic Bag Football. Destination Africa - African Countries.

Why is it, that Gay and Lesbian people still are victims of persecution, harassment, and assaults occasioning actual bodily harm or worse?

Destination Africa - African Countries

Our world would be much poorer and colder without the creativity and ingenuity of the colorful LGBT* culture. So, get up, stand up, and don't let it happen again and again and again. Nature made sure, that all men are able to love each other without distinction of gender. This ability empowers humans to care for and to help each other. Natures gift simply secures the survival of the species. But if you know what life is worth, You will look for yours on earth (lyrics from the song Get Up, Stand Up) Bob Marley * LGBT - acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Article I All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

Africa Map Timeline (3500 BC - 2005 AD) Banunule: Home. Leading UK charity fighting global poverty. Leading UK charity fighting global poverty.

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