Fisheries in Africa: a gloomy situation?

This is a very interesting an inspiring article on farming and fisheries in Africa, great read!

The FARA Social Reporters Blog

For some 200 million Africans fish is the main source of animal protein. This is one third of the continent’s population.  10 million Africans, many of them artisans, are directly depended on fisheries for their livelihoods. On top of this, fish is one of Africa’s prime export products, contributing significantly to some of the national economies.

These facts alone should make evident that fisheries have a significant social and economic value. So, it is the more surprising, that scant attention is paid to how fisheries can push Africa’s agricultural development.

“But why is that?” That is the question I asked Msekiwa Matsimbe, Aquaculture and Fisheries Scientist, working with the NEPAD Regional Fish Node in Malawi. NEPAD is the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, a body of the African Union aimed to eradicate poverty and create economic growth.

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The ABC Blogger Award

I would like again to thank http://lscotthoughts.com/ for nominating me for the ABC Blogger Award.  I love Laurens’ poetry, the soul she puts into her blog and her kind heart!

You can choose as many bloggers as you like to recieve this award.  I have quite a few favourites, whom I regularly visit, and I believe have ‘Awesome Blog Content’.  The only rule is that you use the alphabet to describe yourself, or give a little information about who you are! I will nominate my ABC bloggers first, then give the low down of who I am alphabetically….













The ABC of my life is as follows:

A  –  Agricultural Aide, Adventurous    B – Biologist    C – Children, Can Do    D – Developing Countries    E – Environment, Entomology   F – Family, Free Trade, Farming    G – God Rules    H – Hard Work    I – Idealistic    J – Jesus, Justice    K – Kindness goes a long way    L – Love    M – Married    N – Nature    O – Optimism    P – Peace and Poetry    Q – Questioning    R – Rambling    S – Sudan, Science, Sustainability    T – Truth    U – Unconventional   V – Value Freedom for all    W – Welcoming    X – Xtreme    Y – Young at heart    Z – Zealous




I would once again like to thank http://lscotthoughts.com/ (Lauren), my great blogging buddy, for nominating me for the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’.

I have so many lovely bloggers I would like to nominate:








These are just a few! Regards and blessings!


Candle Lighter Award!

I have been honoured to receive a Candle Lighter Award from my wonderful Blogging friend Lauren http://lscotthoughts.com/ Thank you so much my dear friend.  Please friends, take a look at Laurens’ Blog, her poetry will captivate you!

This award belongs to those who believe, who always survive the day and those who never stop dreaming; for those who cannot quit, for those who keep trying and if you’re in this category, you are Entitiled in this Award.I nominate the following bloggers who fit this profile and I believe you’ll enjoy reading their blogs:








People, Uncategorized

Liebster Blog Awards Nominations

I am so overwhelmed and honoured to be nominated TWICE for a  Award by two of my favourite blogging buddies http://lscotthoughts.com/ and http://sandrabranum.wordpress.com/ .  Thank you so much, I don’t feel that I deserve it, yet so appreciate the acknowledgement that what I have to share is enjoyed by others.

About this award: This is an award given to blogs that have less than 200 followers and deserve more recognition and encouragement.There are some guidelines that need to be followed while giving or receiving the Award.

1.Thank the blogger who gave you the Award.
2.Pick 5 small blogs that are worth the honors.
3.Spread the words about liebster Awards
The bloggers I Nominate for this award are :

1.  http://findinglifeinadeath.wordpress.com/

2. http://mindfeathers.wordpress.com/

3. http://asultan1.wordpress.com/

4. http://batsnbikes.wordpress.com/

5. http://mimokhair.wordpress.com/

I follow all of these great blogs, and they all deserve recognition, for their fantastic blogs, I enjoy reading them each week! And thanks again to
http://lscotthoughts.com/ and http://sandrabranum.wordpress.com/ for nominating ME, of all bloggers! These two bloggers are very talented poets, and I love reading what they have to share!
Family, Uncategorized


vintage: children with dolls
Image by deflam via Flickr

 I am feeling like I am at a bit of a crossroads right now!  My children are  growing up;  OOPS!  Have grown up!  I am not coping very well with the idea that my youngest is 17 and, like her two older brothers, is making her own way, and therefore making her own decisions.  Hanging out with her own friends, going out late (basically just being a teenager, exploring the world). We have all done it at different times in history; I guess we I look back at our  my mistakes and hope that they don’t make the same ones, or create unnecessary problems for themselves.  I know assume that I know that making mistakes means learning and growing, yet can also lead to pain, (is that where the saying ‘Growing Pains’ comes from)?

I should be feeling free (HOORAY!  They are all growing up, and will someday leave the nest)!  Nevertheless, I have still not yet embraced this feeling of liberation or happiness, which many have expressed to me in their journeys of ‘LETTING GO, AND LETTING GROW’!  I am feeling as though something might be wrong with me.  I need to be shaken awake, or snapped back into a reality I do not wish to be awakened to.  Our children are wonderful human beings; very polite, they have not deviated into impropriety; they are lovely!  I should be grateful for this…. yet, where is my happiness?  It has been lying dormant; sleeping for so long, that it is grudgingly raising its head from a somewhat comfortable pillow of ambiguity and disapproval.

I do remember my Mother in-law expressing her dismay at the fact that …. “No matter how old your children are (4 or 40); a Mother will always worry about them”.  It sounded a little bizarre to me at the time, yet now it makes all the sense in the world! (Who would have known? Even as
adults, we often still do not heed the wise words of our elders).  I guess I am still growing myself; it seems to be a lifelong journey, and I expect that I should be allowing my flock to slowly, yet certainly leave the fold and grow.  I must love, be gracious, supportive, positive and always be there for them, no matter what decisions are made (even if my perception of a particular decision may not be aligned to theirs).

Africa, Agriculture, Aid, Environment, Uncategorized

Starting up my own Aquaponics System

An aquaponic system that involves tilapia or p...
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Aquaponics has become a viable and popular way for backyardies and the like to grow their own organic vegies and also have fish to eat, within a year to 18 months of setting it  up. An aquaponics system is easy to get your head around; the system uses the water from a fish tank to circulate through a gravel grow bed. Nitrifying bacteria convert fish wastes into nutrients; the plants use these as their main nutrient supply. The fish also benefit, as the water is filtered by the plants, giving the fish clean water to live in. The system uses less water to grow the same amount of produce than regular agriculture methods. The plants usually grow at a greater rate and produce more crop than the conventional backyard vegie garden. I found this easy to understand diagram from http://www.grist.org/article/2010-04-05-agriculture-2.0

As Paul and I go along with this project, I will add photographs, showing how we set it up and how it is going, It seems fairly simple.  I would like it to become a functional attractive part of our already existing garden; I don’t want an agricultural experiment type setup in our backyard.

Aquaponics System