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Editor’s Comment and Table of Contents – June 2022

| 21st June 2022

No one is an island

Working together on a mangrove rehabilitation project. See page 11. Credit: WWF-Pacific/Raval Vafo’ou

“Prepare for the long haul as Russia’s attack on Ukraine reaches its first 100 days!” It’s a chilling headline which is devastating for the people of Ukraine and no doubt distressing for many of the inhabitants of Russia.

I realise that our efforts within this issue of Appropriate Technology to reflect the impact of the war on the peoples of developing countries will only ‘scratch the surface’ in many cases, but we felt it was important to add our voice to the global outrage.

Leading the way on this is a detailed assessment by Frank van Lierde, Editor and Communications Executive at Cordaid in The Netherlands who asks: “How can we stop crises like the Russian war in Ukraine from spurring food insecurity in Africa?”

Among many telling facts and figures, quoted by Frank, two comments stand out.

The first is from Idrissa Ba of Senegal, who says: “Let the war in Ukraine stop as soon as possible, in the first place for the sake of the Ukrainians. But let this war also be a wake-up call for us in Senegal, and so many other places, to develop and strengthen our own markets and invest more in our farmers and our food sovereignty.”

The second comes from Shyaka Revocatus in Rwanda, who adds: “And to firmly stay connected, on more equal terms, to international trade. Because no one is an island. And nothing is more critical than food, whether it’s wheat bread, maize bread, millet bread, or cowpea bread.” See pages 60-65.

The Silent Crisis
I am delighted that space was also reserved in this issue for a report on the webinar events which have already been run this year by AidEx 2022.

The headline item was especially crucial, probing what was described as the ‘Silent Crisis’, a title which led into an examination of mental health concerns amongst aid professionals. Specialist contributors sought to address the reasons for burnout within aid organisations, and what factors have led to this becoming a ‘silent crisis’ for the sector.

The session, which is still available for playback, drew a large live audience. See pages 56-57.

Ripple Effect
One of the UK’s leading relief, training and support charities, Send a Cow, has given itself a well-deserved makeover, duly re-emerging as the brightly named Ripple Effect.

It takes a lot to change something you’ve lived with for 25 years or so, but when you no longer actually send a cow anywhere, it makes sense to freshen things up.

Appropriate Technology has appreciated the work of the charity in recent years and its involveme

Comment by Colin Ley - Editor Appropriate Technology

nt in our pages. We certainly look forward to reflecting the ripple effect of the newly branded organisation. See page 7.

Dominant themes
I find it interesting to survey the completed draft version of each new issue of Appropriate Technology to see what themes have emerged, often not the ones I’ve planned from the beginning, but those which manage to infiltrate various items.

The issue which plays a strong underlying role in June 2022 is climate change and its capacity to disrupt all our lives going forward. This is a concern which has been pushed away from centre stage, first by COVID-19 and now by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Crucial as both those issues are, climate change remains an insistent threat.

Table of Contents


Editor’s comment: ‘No one is an island’
News briefing
Prolinnova: Local food fair for joint learning on child nutrition & UNDP approves Prolinnova – Kenya’s funding proposal
Engineering for change: E4C looks at key issues surrounding water, chicken and IPCC
Practical Action: Developing market systems that support regenerative agriculture
Last word: Frank van Lierde, Editor/Communications at Cordaid, The Netherlands


Climate Change: Fiji’s novel ‘living seawalls’ & US$200 million to help smallholder farmers
Innovation: InnovAfrica - boosting Africa’s food security & young innovators
Economics: Generating private capital for fragile communities & Poor farmers can out-perform wealthy counterparts
Health: Malawi - pioneering drones to combat malaria
FAO: Time for tea sector to realise its potential
DIHAD: DIHAD 2022 attracts 6000 visitors
Women farmers: Economic empowerment in Côte d'Ivoire & AWIEF/USAID investment and export programme
AidEx: Mental health amongst aid professionals


Genetics breakthrough boosts East African cattle breed & FMD study
may inform vaccines
Climate resilient crops

From growing tobacco to alternative food crops
Child labour risks & producer incomes in cocoa farming

Education & training
Royal African Award for ‘eye-catching’ drone work & African students join UK sustainable agriculture course

Front Cover: This farmer is one of 86 producers in Potou, northern Senegal, who irrigate their plots using solar energy. Their solar power plan was implemented with support of Cordaid/ICCO's STARS programme. See page 60.
Credit © Cordaid/STARS


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