It’s been nearly 40 years since Zimbabwe gained independence, but the war still haunts the northeastern part of the country. Despite demining efforts, active land mines riddle the area, threatening local farmers’ livestock and families.
In centuries past, people who live in this mountainous region are rumored to have created their own glaciers as a defense against foreign invaders. Now, artificial glaciers called ice stupas are protecting some farmers from the impacts of climate change.
Tobacco is one of DRC’s most valuable agricultural exports, and traditional healers there often tell patients to sniff tobacco as a remedy for common health problems. But sniffing tobacco carries many of the same deadly health risks as smoking tobacco, and addiction to snuff is on the rise.
An estimated 1.1 million people in Zimbabwe have unreliable access to food, so agricultural experts are encouraging farmers to grow drought-resistant small grains. But because maize, the country’s staple crop, fetches a higher price, it may be an uphill battle.
The terrain around Hutwe, a village in DRC’s North Kivu province, has long been rich and fertile, but armed violence there in the 1990s and 2000s isolated the area. Now, the violence has abated, and a cooperative is helping farmers process and sell their high-quality coffee.
For hundreds of years, Xochimilco, south of central Mexico City, has been home to an elaborate network of canals and traditional floating crops. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is protected, and building atop the crops is illegal – but laws and designations have been no match for Mexico City’s unstoppable sprawl.
Palm oil is a standard ingredient in Congolese kitchens, but it’s also commonly used to make soap. Now, demand is outpacing production – and some families are getting priced out of the nutritional staple.
In a nation reliant on imports and international aid, craft distillers in Léogâne are rightfully proud that they are boosting the economy in that region. But they’re faced with challenges that include the lower costs of imported alcoholic beverages and a shrinking amount of land for sugarcane farming.