Baobab Videos

Some of our videos are hosted on YouTube or Vimeo. You can watch them by clicking the play button. Currently we have 14 of our videos on line.

Wheat Matters

This video was made for the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and focuses on the important role wheat plays as a fundamental staple crop for the rural poor in many parts of the developing world.

Runs: 10:28

Maize for Life

In many parts of the world Maize (Corn) is the most planted and consumed staple crop. While maize was first domesticated and clutivated in Mexico, it spread rapidly throughout Africa and Asia as well.

This video shows how improved maize from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement center (CIMMYT) has changed the lives of three rural women.

Runs: 11:38

Farmer Researchers

We are posting three videos we made with funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA, - Now Global Affairs Canada) that show the work of the Cali Colombia based International Center for Tropial Agriculture, CIAT. This video shows how consulting farmers in a participatory way can lead to solutions that matter and that farmers themselves are keen observers of plants anc crops and as they have been for thousands of years are real crop scientists.

Runs 4:27

Environment Matters

Our second video for CIAT show how communities in the Cauca Valley of Colombia are working to protect the environment while remaining productive and are passing those lessons to their children.

Runs 4:20

Agro Enterprise

In this thrid video from Colombia, we see how adding value to crops and livestock at the village level can bring prosperity to communities. The series was part of the Mass Media initiative of the Canadian International Development Agency (now Global Affairs Canada) and aired on the CTV network agriclture program The Canadian Farm in 1999.

Runs 4:28

Soil fertility

This video, produced for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA, - Now Global Affairs Canada) shows the work of the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) in Zambia, southern Africa

Runs 5:14

Green Manure

Soil infertility is one of the most pressing problems faced by small-scale farmers in Sub Saharan Africa. The burden on the land, under pressure to produce season after season is too much. Fertilizers are often expensive or just not available. In this video produced for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA - Now Global Affairs Canada) scientists from the World Agroforetry Center show a potential solution that everyone can afford.

Runs: 5:02

Living Fences

The conflict between the needs of livestock and the needs of farming families in the dry season in Mali, West Africa often sees goats and other animals overrunning the small, dry season gardens that many farmers try to grow to provide nutrition for their familes.

Researchers at the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) have come up with a novel solution.

Runs: 5:18

Biological Control for Pests in Rice

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is the world's center of excellence for breeding better rice. Rice is the most important crop on the planet when it comes to human consumption.

Giving farmers solutions to pests and diseases that increase productionwithout increasing costs is vital to their livelihoods and well-being.

Runs: 5:04

When Irrigation has Problems

It seemed like a good idea at the time... build a large dam and irrigation system and encourage farmers to move into a relatively un-develped area to grow rice. But the modern scheme didn't work as expected. A much older, traditional system had functionwed well. The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) took on the job of finding out the nature of the problems as a means to paving the way to solutions.

Runs: 5:16

The Best Ground Nuts

Ground nuts (called Peanuts in many countries) are nutritious legumes and in Africa they are very popular. But pests and diseases have devasted traditioinal varieties. In Malawi the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) developed better peanuts with the help of farmers.

Runs: 5:16

If there were no Bananas

This video produced for Bioversity International examines the state of the worlds' banana production -- not just teh desert bananas populare in North America and Europe but also the bananas and plantains that form a subastantial part of the diest of millions in the globel South.


White Plague

A small flying insect wrecks havoc around the world. The little known pest, the whitefly, is a disease carrier just as fleas carried the Plague. The viruses this fly moves from plant to plant destroy the livelihoods of many of the planets most vulnerable farmers.


When Less Means More - Cut 2 from David Mowbray on Vimeo.

When Less Means More

This is a near final cut of a video made for ICARDA, the International Center for Agricltural Research in the Dry Areas. It was shot in high definition in the Nile delta in Egypt.

Runs: 5:55

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