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Attiekedrom: The making of a national dish

May 15th, 2010 | By | Category: Top Story

In Cote d’Ivoire, women have for years organized in cooperatives to produce and sell the Attieke, the West African country’s national dish.

Now, Attieke, a couscous, plays an important role for food security as the country struggles to get out of a decade of political turmoil.



Tree planting for carbon raises questions

May 14th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured Stories

When villagers in southwestern Uganda began planting trees to bring back cooler temperatures and rain to their region, they caught the attention of the nation’s foresters. The officials signed them up for East Africa’s first tree carbon project. With funding from the World Bank, they’ll receive money for storing carbon in newly-planted trees. But as […]



Weaving dreams: Tracing cotton and fashion in Africa

May 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured Stories

Begun in 2001, U.S. cotton subsidies have had a huge impact on world cotton prices in Africa, particularly in Mali. This has led to a decline in cotton farming for a country that is dependent on cotton production for growing subsistence food crops and social services such as education and housing. Amanda Martinez reports on […]



What we’re following 3/18/10

Mar 18th, 2010 | By | Category: Food for Thought

New York Times: Somalia Food Aid Bypasses Needy, U.N. Study Says A new United Nations Security report recently found that as much as half of the food aid sent to Somalia is diverted from needy people to a group of contractors, radical Islamist militants and U.N. staff members. The report recommends that Secretary General Ban […]



UC Berkeley J-School opens 2010-2011 fellowships for African journalists

Mar 8th, 2010 | By | Category: Top Story

The Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley is pleased to invite applications for three yearlong fellowships for accomplished African journalists, beginning in the 2010-2011 academic year.

The fellowships will each total $36,000, including round trip airfare, professional stipends, and rent while in Berkeley.

The selected fellows will join the School’s Visiting International Scholars Program and participate in a new journalism training initiative aimed to provide high quality coverage of agricultural development issues in Africa for dissemination in U.S., African, and international media. The initiative will also offer dedicated funding for both domestic U.S. and Africa travel for research and reporting work.



Michael Halderman on the case for pastoralism

Feb 26th, 2010 | By | Category: One Question

J. Michael Halderman, a Berkeley-based consultant whose work focuses on rural development and environmental issues, talks about why African pastoralists need more advocacy.



Poultry Promise

Feb 25th, 2010 | By | Category: Student Work

Generations of experts have dedicated their careers to finding ways to make sure children around the world have enough to eat. As Beth Hoffman reports from Uganda, some are turning to an overlooked bird to provide food and income.



Black journalist in Sierra Leone: Chapter 4

Feb 24th, 2010 | By | Category: Reporter's Notebook

My last night in Sierra Leone was a memorable one. I guess I made such an impression on one of the youth groups that I interviewed in Waterloo that they decided to show their appreciation by hosting a send-off party for me and my guides. Mind you, these are youths from a rural part of the country who often can’t afford to finish school, who don’t have anyone supporting their organization, who have to struggle for everything. Yet they plan this big celebration just for us.



Black journalist in Sierra Leone: Chapter 3

Feb 18th, 2010 | By | Category: Reporter's Notebook

On Friday, we travel to Kono in the eastern part of the country. It is known as the breadbasket of the country because of its rich diamond resources. How do you know you’re in Kono? You can feel the bumpy roads along the way to the district.



Africa’s urban farmers

Feb 18th, 2010 | By | Category: The African Connection

Juliet Torome, a Kenyan-born reporter, writes about a new trend in urban farming throughout many African countries: absentee agriculture.