Although animal traction would be well-suited to cover parts of farm power demand in sub-Saharian Africa, the use of draft animals has been limited in the region. The authors demonstrate why this is the case in Ghana.
Electric assist vehicles become more and more popular. The development of e-carriages is only at the beginning, but it could have a promising future, especially in mountainous regions like Switzerland.
The prototype SmP Kombi-Séi 1.2, a new concept of a single horse multi-purpose seeder, has been selected on 11 January 2017 for the "Innovation Arena" of TP Organics. TPorganics is one of the European Technology Platforms (ETP), officially recognized by the European Commission and dedicated to sustainable farming and food production. (for further information see link below)This implement has been developed and built by the non-profit association "Schaff mat Päerd." A corresponding 12-page test report in English was published on 28 December 2016. It can be ordered under the link below.
Over the last months news media reported about a huge demand from China for donkey hides, which puts under great pressure the donkey populations and their owners worldwide. The hides are used to produce a traditional Chinese medicine.
An extensive report on the issue is now published by THE DONKEY SANCTUARY.