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Scarcity of Small Livestock Feed Sparked a Lively New Market for the Sale of Fodder in Kirumba

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AgricultureEarthEntrepreneurship

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.

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Prized Cattle Are Thinned, Butchered Amid Zimbabwe’s Economic and Climate Crises

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AgricultureClimateEarthEconomyEnvironment

Less pasture means thinner cattle, leaving farmers with few options to keep their livestock healthy. In response, many farmers thin or butcher their herds – but even that may not be enough.

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To Cut Costs and Prevent Deforestation, DRC Women Make Fuel From Household Waste

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AgricultureEarthEnvironmentInfrastructureInnovation

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.

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Ugandan Scientists Join Forces with Community to Collect Urine, Combat Soil Infertility

Region: Uganda

Topics: AgricultureAutonomyEnvironment

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.

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In Zimbabwe, Farmers and Miners Clash as Artisanal Mining Threatens Grazing Area

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AgricultureEconomyEnvironmentExtractivesJobs

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.

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Power Shortages Take a Toll on Zimbabwe’s Wheat Crop

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AgricultureEconomy

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.

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Unregulated Deforestation May Be Decimating Zimbabwe’s Timber Industry

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AgricultureHuman Migration

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.

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‘Slash-and-Burn’ Agriculture Helps Displaced People in DRC Get Back on Their Feet. But What’s the Long-Term Effect?

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AgricultureHuman Migration

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.

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Drying Maize on the Ground Increases Health Risks and Decreases Exports in Uganda

Region: Uganda

Topics: AgricultureHealth

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.

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Zimbabweans Say ‘Farming Is No Longer a Business’ As Dry Spell Ravages Harvest

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AgricultureBusinessClimate

In Zimbabwe, where the economy is already in crisis, farmers are struggling as intense heat and lack of rainfall decimate their harvests.

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