Feast & Sacrifice is a carefully observed portrait of a Senegalese family living on the ragged edges of globalization. Questions of work, gender, and aspirations emerge as the family prepares for the biggest holiday of the year, the Islamic Feast of the Sacrifice.
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British firms have acquired more land in Africa for controversial biofuel plantations than companies from any other country, a Guardian investigation has revealed.
Half of the 3.2m hectares (ha) of biofuel land identified – in countries from Mozambique to Senegal – is linked to 11 British companies, more than any other country.
James Kisembo, a farmer in Kabarole, western Uganda, decided to prepare two acres for growing beans, three times the size of what he grew in 2009. Kisembo was inspired by the good harvest his neighbour got the previous season. He went hunting for the better seed varieties from a seed shop in Fort Portal town.
“I bought seeds like the ones my neighbour had planted the previous season,” Kisembo says. “After the rains started, I planted. To my surprise, after two weeks, the seeds had not germinated.” Normally bean seeds take 4-6 days to germinate.
A small experiment in Uganda that uses carbon credits to fund reforestation could provide a viable template for poor nations to conserve their green cover.
A version of Laurel Moorhead’s story “War of Rape in the Congo” first appeared on European Parliament TV. Moorhead was a student in the Africa Reporting Project in 2010-2011 when she produced this version of the film and currently works an associate digital producer for the political analysis show ‘The War Room with Jennifer Granholm‘ which […]
Collaborating journalist Fred Muzaale reported on coffee leaf rust for the Daily Monitor while working with Neelima Mahajan of the Africa Reporting Project.
The night of March 1, 2010 changed everything in Bududa, a district in the Arabica coffee-growing heartland of eastern Uganda. That night it rained for seven hours. As the water kept coming down, huge chunks of earth started caving in.