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Biofuels in The Guardian

Nov 7th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Stories

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.

‘Seeds of Uncertainty’ in Ugandan Media

Oct 29th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Stories

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.

‘Carbon Credits’ in Forbes India

Oct 9th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Stories

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.

‘Strange Brew’ in Earth Island Journal

Oct 4th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Stories, Student Work, Top Story

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.

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Mar 2nd, 2011 | By | Category: Featured Stories

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Scenes from Abroad

Jan 26th, 2011 | By | Category: Featured Stories

During the winter months of 2010, the Africa Reporting class traveled to various countries in sub-Saharan Africa and while traveling each student focused on a specific topic. The topics ranged from coffee manufacturing to beer brewing. Each photograph displayed shows what each student saw during their travels.

‘A Seed is Forever’ awarded ONA

Oct 29th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured Stories

During Sierra Leone’s long civil war, diamond mining was fuel for the violence and a lure to rural youth who turned their backs on rural agriculture. But since the war ended in 2002, young people have been encouraged to play a pivotal role in moving the country forward, especially when it comes to food production. […]

Central Valley: Is goodwill enough?

Oct 28th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured Stories

Richard Shermer is a 60 year-old consultant from Fresno, California who spent most of his life in the Bay Area and Central Valley. Besides being a father of four and a soccer fan, Shermer splits his time between his work in real estate development  and his long lasting passion, photography. It was that passion that […]

After the Floods

Oct 27th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured Stories

As Dakar has grown, new densely-populated urban centers have sprung up all over the city. Many, like Diammaguen, have developed haphazardly in low-lying, flood-prone areas not suitable for such concentrated habitation. Most of the residents here are poor, unskilled migrants from Senegal’s rural regions – agricultural people who fled the toil and diminished returns of […]

Land Grab in the Niayes

Oct 27th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured Stories

In only two generations, Pape Gueye has seen his family’s property shrink from some 150,000 acres to just 15 acres. His tireless work ethic, his status as a community leader, even the sustainable innovations he has introduced on his farm are no match for the insatiable appetite for cheap land now spreading across Senegal to […]