Student Work

‘War of Rape’ on European Parliament TV

Oct 8th, 2012 | By | Category: Photos, Student Work, Video

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 […]



‘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.



Uganda Farmers Contend with Seeds of Uncertainty

May 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Photos, Student Work

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Feast and Sacrifice

Nov 29th, 2010 | By | Category: Student Work, Video

In a tiny village in Senegal, the film below paints a portrait of a family living on the ragged edges of globalization. Questions of work and ambition arise as the family prepares for Tabaski, the biggest holiday of the year.



White Gold: Tracing Cotton and Fashion in Africa

Oct 29th, 2010 | By | Category: Student Work

US cotton Subsidies which began in 2001 have had a huge impact on world prices for cotton in Africa, particularly Mali. This has led to a decline in cotton farming for a country that is dependent on cotton production for growing subsistence crops (food) and social services like schools and housing. This is the story […]



The revival of Mount Kilimanjaro

Oct 18th, 2010 | By | Category: Student Work

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and one of the most fertile areas in the continent of Africa. One million people depend on the land for agriculture.



The Central Valley and Agriculture

Oct 13th, 2010 | By | Category: One Question, Student Work

Fresno County is one of the top agricultural counties in the United States producing billions of dollars in revenue for growing crops like fruits, nuts, livestock, vegetables and other field crops. As the Africa Reporting Project class digs deeper into African agriculture and the Green Revolution, they decided to also look into their backyard.



Central Valley: Biological control of aflatoxins in pistachios to take off in California

Oct 13th, 2010 | By | Category: One Question, Student Work

Aflatoxin contamination in staple crops like maize is a huge problem in Africa. Earlier this year 2.3 million bags of maize in Kenya were declared unfit for human and animal consumption due to aflatoxin contamination. The solution might lie in biological control. Themis Michailides, a plant pathologist at the Kearney Agricultural Research Center, talks about […]



Central Valley: A holistic approach to reduce pesticide risk

Oct 13th, 2010 | By | Category: One Question, Student Work

Pesticide safety is a serious concern among agriculturists. While pesticides are seen as necessary to prevent crop losses, they often have unintended consequences on health and the environment. Laura Van Der Staay, who works in the IR4 program that facilitates pest management solutions for specialty crops and minor uses, feels that pesticide risk can be […]



Biofuels take root in Uganda as experts warn of severe hunger

Mar 8th, 2010 | By | Category: Student Work

The motorbike trip to the remote village of Kimina in Masindi district is distressing; the road is narrow, potholed and dusty. After an hour of a draining ride, we “wake” up to the shock of a large plantation of ebiti (unknown trees), as they are commonly known in this part of western Uganda.