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Push–pull goes climate-smart
Arguably Africa’s most promising new farming system, push–pull has now been adapted for drier areas and times. Climate-smart push–pull seems to be catching on fast, with over 10,000 farmers in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania using it in 2013.
The adapted system is described in an 8-page brief published by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe). The brief is one of a suite of new materials – a main report and five briefs – describing what the system means to different user groups, how its researchers are shaping the next generation of scientists, and the part played by its principal architect, Dr Zeyaur Khan, in developing the system with colleagues and farmers. Two of the other briefs describe the benefits of push–pull for women and disabled farmers. To create the materials, a Green Ink writer spent 3 weeks in the field. Writing, editing, design and layout were completed in the UK and printing in India.
Climate and development: look on the bright side
Depressed about the prospects for tackling climate change? Then take a look at the Inside Stories series from the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), and you might just cheer up.
The series covers case studies from across the developing world, showing a wealth of positive experiences from which others can learn. Experiences in the energy sector are particularly encouraging, but there are also cheering stories about agroforestry, social forestry, private–public partnerships, policy initiatives and other topics. Big countries lead the way, but small island states feature positively too – especially those with plenty of sunshine. All in all, the news is a lot better than the doom mongers would have us all believe. Green Ink has been involved from the outset in editing and producing the series.
Science speaks to power
This set of nine briefs represented the views of the global science community to world leaders at the 2012 Rio+20 summit. The briefs outline the state of knowledge and priorities for action in each of the major fields affecting sustainable development.
Originally launched at the Planet under Pressure conference in March 2012, the briefs were co-sponsored and distributed by a consortium of organizations including the International Geosphere–Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and the International Council for Science (ICSU). Green Ink’s role was to provide a rigorous edit to knock the drafts into a consistent structure, then to design, lay out, print and deliver.
“We are really pleased with your work. The briefs are proving very useful.”
Owen Gaffney, Communications Manager,
Planet Under Pressure Conference
Assessing the impact of CGIAR research
Donors supporting agricultural research need to know the impact of their investments. That’s the purpose of the briefs series published by the Independent Science and Partnerships Council (ISPC) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Besides covering conventional research on new crop varieties, the series looks at areas such as natural resource management and policy-oriented research, where assessing impact is more difficult.
Green Ink has been involved since the launch of the series in 2005 – either writing the briefs ourselves or editing drafts compiled by others. We’ve worked hard to sharpen up messages and pack them into the short, 4-page format. The results have, we’re told, been instrumental in convincing the donor community that the CGIAR is serious about assessing its impact and that past investments have paid off.
“We consistently hear positive reports from donors about the tremendous value of [these] short, easy-to-read impact briefs.”
Peter Gardiner, Executive Director, ISPC
Deforestation: dispelling the myths
The policy environment critically affects the outcome of efforts to reduce poverty and deforestation in the world’s humid tropics. This briefs series, published by the Alternatives to Slash and Burn (ASB) consortium of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), takes the lessons learned from experiences at the local or national level and distils them for a broader, international audience. The series has been instrumental in dispelling myths about tropical deforestation, particularly the part played by smallholders.
Green Ink’s Simon Chater worked with former ASB coordinator Tom Tomich to write the text of the first seven issues, which subsequently formed the basis for the concluding chapter of a book published by Columbia University: Slash-and-burn Agriculture: The Search for Alternatives.
“I think our collaboration has been wonderful and I wouldn’t change it a bit.”
Jessa Lewis, ASB Coordination Office
Can we learn? Can we change?
If public-sector organizations are to get better at their job of eradicating poverty and hunger, they must learn from their experiences. The Institutional Learning and Change (ILAC) initiative of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) sets out to document and share experiences through its brief series.
Green Ink edited, designed and produced the first 14 issues in the series, together with an introductory leaflet.
“Thanks very much to you and your team for doing the impossible – again.”
Doug Horton, ILAC Coordinator
Integrated pest management: what do we know?
The CGIAR Systemwide Programme on Integrated Pest Management (sp-IPM) launched this series to capture the state of knowledge on IPM. Topics covered include the control of parasitic weeds, alternatives to chemical pesticides, and IPM’s contribution to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Green Ink wrote every issue – and was also responsible for editing, design/layout, proofreading and printing.
“It has been a joy working with the Green Ink team.”
Braima James, Coordinator, sp-IPM