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An African gardening exchange

Ed Cumming reports on the charity Send a Cow, which helps African farmers get the most out of their land.

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The famine in the Horn of Africa is a terrible reminder that in some parts of the world the weather and its effect on crops is a matter of life or death.

The charity Send a Cow provides animals, plants and expertise to help African farmers get the most out of their land. In addition, it has acquired a great deal of insight into growing in dry, arid countries and can show British gardeners how to save money and resources too.

Founded in 1988, the charity was started by a group of dairy farmers who were angry that European regulations meant that they were slaughtering healthy dairy cows. Realising how big a difference even a single animal could make to a poor village, they began sending cows from their own herds to Uganda. The charity has gradually expanded and now works in Ethiopia, Cameroon, Lesotho, Rwanda, Zambia and Kenya too.

Cows are important because, as well as providing nutrients and fats in their milk, their manure is a core component of compost. The benefits of compost are at the heart of what the charity teaches, particularly where farmers find commercial fertilisers too expensive. Where there isn’t room for cows, donkeys, goats and even rabbits can help, too.

Fashion in the garden

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Take off your coat, take off your boot,
Take off your woolly hat, your boiler suit.

It’s hard to cut a dash on the veg patch, writes Jane Perrone It’s hard to cut a dash on the veg patch, writes Jane Perrone These lyrics from the song ‘Bag Lady’ by comedian Rich Hall sum up how I dress for working in the garden. While other women seem to look effortlessly chic while tending their plots (I am thinking of Michelle Obama, Carol Klein, Rachel de Thame, to name a few), I start the day by stumbling out the back door in ill-fitting cords and a shapeless sweater, and end it looking as if I have been dragged through a hedge backwards: not so much shabby chic as just plain shabby.*

Today’s TV highlights

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The day’s best TV programmes on BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Freeview, Freesat, Sky and cable as chosen by the Telegraph’s critics.
The Story of Jesus
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8:30AM BST 22 Apr 2011

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