A booming population in Kirumba, DRC has made the preferred feed for small livestock very scarce. Farmers have come to rely on local entrepreneurs, who saw the need and now walk long distances to procure the coveted grasses to sell at market.
Rates of deforestation in DRC have spiked, and many environmentalists attribute the rise to demand for charcoal. Now, some women forgo the popular fuel by making their own alternative, saving money – and the forest – in the process.
The Ugandan economy relies on agriculture, but widespread soil infertility threatens the future of farming. Now, an organization of scientists has an unlikely solution – and it’s joining forces with the community to put it to the test.
As Zimbabwe grapples with pervasive unemployment, members of the country’s two largest industries – mining and farming – are at odds over land and resources. Now, local organizations have stepped in to resolve the differences, but whether the land can be shared remains an open question.
Winter wheat was once one of Zimbabwe’s most successful crops. But electricity shortages are making it difficult to grow, leaving Zimbabweans with the impossible choice of either waiting hours in long fuel lines to fill their generators or not growing it at all.
Deforestation in Zimbabwe is hitting the country’s timber industry hard. Industry officials say that illegal settlers are responsible for the damages, but for the settlers, it’s their livelihoods on the line.
In DRC, internally displaced people settling in new areas cut down forests and burn land to clear it for planting – often without the required permits and scant knowledge of how the practice affects the environment.
In Uganda, farmers often dry their maize crop directly on the ground, which is cheaper than buying cloth to spread them on. But the practice increases the risk of disease-causing aflatoxins and could decrease maize exports if levels exceed international standards.