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A honey of a marketing opportunity

by Luigi Guarino on September 7, 2014

We visited Mida Creek in Watamu on the Kenya Coast last week. It’s a tidal inlet which boasts 8 of the 9 species of mangrove found in the western Indian Ocean, plus lots of birdlife.

The Mida Creek Conservation Community is a local community umbrella group consisting of 11 sub-groups, all of whom are engaged in conservation and community work. Our main activities are based on the eastern side of Mida Creek near Dabaso.

Lots of opportunities for ecotourism, as you can imagine. There’s a terrifying boardwalk, for example, that takes you right across the tidal zonation in the dry, if not exactly comfort.

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The most unusual offer was perhaps the mangrove honey, though. Delicious.

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The only other place I could find mangrove honey from on the internet was Florida. The Mida Creek Conservation Community may have a real opportunity here with some savvy marketing.

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Unusual nyama to choma

by Luigi Guarino on September 7, 2014

Kenyans do love their nyama choma, and it’s usually goat meat that’s involved. Usually, but not always. There’s also the somewhat offbeat on offer on occasion.

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And the downright unusual.

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Taro on display at SIDS meeting

5 September 2014

The UN Conference on Small Island Developing States has just ended in Apia, Samoa. Lots of talk about partnerships for the sustainable development of these particularly vulnerable countries, although it’s unclear to me, as ever, how much of the money announced is actually new. Be that as it may, my old colleagues at SPC were […]

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Brainfood: Goat diversity, Sheep diversity, Camel keeping, Weird Zambian cattle, Pepper diversity, Strawberry diversity, Breeding wheat, Sustainable cacao, Food supply diversity

1 September 2014

The characterization of goat genetic diversity: Towards a genomic approach. A single Neolithic origin. Genome-wide patterns of adaptation to climate-mediated selective pressures in sheep. Adaptation to local climates has been important. Characterisation of camel breeding practices in the Ansongo Region, Mali. Diversity of practices, diversity of breeds. Gynomimicry in the Dwarf Gwembe breed from Zambia. […]

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Genetic Resources for Climate Change: room for optimism?

25 August 2014

Dr Hannah Jaenicke, one of the organizers of last week’s 4th International Symposium on Plant Genetic Resources: Genetic Resources for Climate Change last week, kindly sent in this summary of the proceedings from Brisbane. Many thanks to her and all our moles at IHC2014 who have also contributed over the past week. The symposium was […]

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Brainfood: Ethiopian wild veggies, Cold tolerant rice, Chickpea genomics, Improved tilapia, Wild cassava oil, Chinese horses, Chinese melon, Seed sampling, Tomato spp sequencing

25 August 2014

Wild and semi-wild leafy vegetables used by the Maale and Ari ethnic communities in southern Ethiopia. 30 of them. Collection and Conservation of Cold Adapted Indigenous Rice Landraces from Western Ghats, South India. 56 of them. Exploring Germplasm Diversity to Understand the Domestication Process in Cicer spp. Using SNP and DArT Markers. 3 populations among […]

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Conserving horticultural species, one at the time

24 August 2014

Another report from one of our correspondents at the International Horticultural Congress in Brisbane, this on the symposium on Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources: The full day symposium keynote by Dr Ehsan Dulloo of Bioversity International covered the broad topic of developing strategies for conserving plant genetic diversity. Individual presentations covered a wide range of […]

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Baobab, frankincense and croton: private sector brings gifts

23 August 2014

Found these in an up-market curio shop in Nairobi’s Yaya Centre shopping centre. I’ve never come across Wild Living before, but they sound like an interesting outfit, doing some serious value addition to local products by the look of it: From Baobab and Shea to Leleshwa and Acacia frankinsense forest oils, East Africa, the cradle […]

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