CABI and IFDC join forces to get soybean film out to farmers in Northern Ghana

  By Duncan Sones – from an article which originally appeared on the Africa Soil Health Consortium (ASHC) website Farmers in Northern Ghana are reaping the benefit of village-based film screenings to inform them about agricultural practices. Film screenings are growing in popularity amongst farmers and extension projects, as the technique for sharing information. This is…
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Exciting imaginations: New media formats to reach women and young people with agricultural extension messages

Campaigns create greater equality of access to information across farming households, but formats are as important as channels, argue Duncan Sones of the Africa Soil Health Consortium (ASHC) delivery team… The ASHC campaign-based approach explored the use of a variety of channels to build multiple media campaigns. ASHC has been testing the hypothesis that the…
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‘Switching’ onto ICT approaches to gender in extension services

Duncan Sones, of the Africa Soil Health Consortium (ASHC) delivery team, looks back on six years of concept and project development that could unlock changes in farmer’s ability to effectively access improved technologies… I don’t know about you but when I hear about something for the first time, I rarely take in all the nuanced…
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Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere…what about cancer?

The World Health Organization is supporting countries moving to universal health coverage and World Health Day, April 7th is part of a year long campaign. WE consider the costs of cancer control in universal health coverage plans, and using cervical cancer as an example the importance of prevention as a cost-effective strategy for low and middle income countries.
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The ethics of tobacco packaging

In the week of World NO Tobacco Day (31st May 2014) this blog addresses tobacco packaging: the use of standardized packaging & pictorial health warnings for cigarettes to further reduce consumption and address the world's leading agent of death...tobacco.
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Invisible helpers: working equine animals provide vital support to women in developing countries

A report launched this month by the animal welfare organisation the Brooke highlights the extent to which women in developing countries rely on donkeys and other working equids. The report, Invisible Helpers, calls for greater recognition of the role of working equine animals in supporting women and their families, and emphasizes the importance of looking…
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BBC launches Woman’s Hour Power List 2014: highlights FGM in time for International Woman’s Day

BBC Radio 4 launched the Woman’s Hour Power List 2014 to identify the top 10 female ‘game changers’; changing the rules in culture, society and business in the United Kingdom today. Woman’s Hour Power List 2013 had 100 names, average age over 50, and many well-known. This year’s judges want the 2014 list to be younger and have unexpected names! Fahma Mohamed, the teenage female genital mutilation (FGM) campaigner was suggested as an ideal candidate: supported by the Guardian newspaper, she recently ran a petition to lobby the government to address FGM in the UK.
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Man Flu Really Exists, New Study Shows

Man flu is considered by large segments of society to be the psychological condition of men with colds. It is often said that when men have a cold they think it is a flu and as a consequence they moan more than women and stay longer in bed until they feel better. Man flu is…
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