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Innovation in Life Cycle Engineering and Sustainable Development
The focus of this book is the consideration of environmental issues in engineering process and product design. It presents a selection of 30 papers ensuing from the 12th CIRP International seminar on Life Cycle Engineering. This…


One of the most, if not the most striking, deep and simply heart touching story of Prophet Muhammad (s) before he announced his prophethood is how he dealt with his working life.
While working for his at that time, future wife, Khadija al Kubra (a) Muhammad (s) was just a simple businessman. He was a trader that went from city to city, Sham, Yemen and across Arabia selling his boss Khadija’s goods and flourishing her business.
But the most amazing thing I find about Muhammad (s) was that he was a businessman, he was involved in what today would be considered the most stressful, difficult and tiring job. He would have been under so much pressure to reach sale targets, to make a profitable turn over and other business related affairs.
Yet despite all of that, narrations say that after every transaction, Muhammad (s) made, he would put his partner in charge of the stall in the market and he would go off into a quiet spot all alone, kneel down and meditate. His lips would move very delicately in the quiet, shadowed area and he would whisper to himself what clearly must have been some kind of dthikr as he had not yet formulated a system of prayer before the call.
So it is for this man and it is for this story that I tribute my first day of work to. The feeling of leaving the business area, secluding oneself all alone in prayer to reflect, to unwind and to feel human again.
Allahuma suli a’la Muhammad wa alee Muhammad.

Japanese ceremony of Toro Nagashi

Can an African 'green revolution' help feed the world?


“Africa is now the last frontier in terms of arable land,” said James Nyoro, the Rockefeller Foundation’s managing director for Africa. “With the population growing to 9 billion, the rest of the world will have to depend upon Africa to feed it.” Some in the sector see huge promise. “I have no doubt whatsoever that Africa can feed itself and that Africa can be a major contributor to world food security,” Namanga Ngongi, the former president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), told AlertNet. “If you only increase productivity by 50 percent in Africa, Africa will go from food deficit to food surplus. And that can be done with access to simple inputs that are available today.” The barriers that have so far held back Africa’ agricultural success are formidable. They include lack of land tenure, particularly for women, and shrinking plot sizes; limited use of irrigation and fertiliser; unreliable water supplies; and inadequate access to credit. Unpredictable weather, degraded soils, inefficient markets and poor infrastructure compound the problem, while a history of political instability, conflict and poor governance has made investors reluctant to pump money into agriculture. But experts say the formula for increasing yields for African smallholders, who make up 80 percent of the continent’s farmers, is relatively simple. Just organise them into larger groups, provide them with better materials and training and connect them to markets. “In a sense, it’s a no brainer,” said Gordon Conway, a professor of international development at Imperial College, London. “Give them fertiliser. Give them seed. Give them water. And they can do it.”

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