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DRC Pygmies Farm for the First Time, Easing Hunger and Tensions With Their Neighbors

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: EnvironmentHuman Rights

The pygmies of the Ituri forest have been hunters for generations, and they say nearby villagers have encroached on their land and frightened prey away; the villagers, in turn, say hungry pygmies have stolen crops. But in 2017, the pygmies started farming, with the cooperation of village leaders, and that has helped to end often violent conflicts between the two groups.

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Haitian Capital Seeks Solutions to Insufficient Solid Waste Disposal

Region: Haiti

Topics: Environment

With the Port-au-Prince metro area producing 1,400 to 1,600 metric tons of waste daily, proper control will be a formidable and costly task. But officials hope that educating vendors and students about the dangers – and imposing new penalties – will curtail the problem.

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Hybrid Maize Seeds, Required by the Government, Frustrate Rwandan Farmers

Region: Rwanda

Topics: EnvironmentExtractives

Despite plenty of arable land and potential labor, Rwanda imports more food than it exports. The government has introduced a program to get farmers to use hybrid maize seeds, but some farmers are pushing back against the strictures of the program.

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Curing Tobacco in Zimbabwe Requires Trees. Can Tobacco Farmers Plant Enough of Them to Save Their Own Industry?

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: BusinessEnvironment

Zimbabwe’s tobacco industry is thriving, but its forests are not even though the government has set aside money for reforestation. Now, tobacco farmers, who rely on burning wood to cure their crop, are taking those efforts into their own hands.

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Hundreds of Ugandans Still Homeless After Devastating Mudslide

Region: Uganda

Topics: EnvironmentHuman Rights

On Oct. 11, a mudslide destroyed homes and businesses and killed 45 people here. Now homeless and living in tents, residents of Bududa are starting to receive government assistance.

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Seed Cultivation and Preservation May Help Undo Haiti’s Infamous Deforestation

Region: Haiti

Topics: Environment

Haiti’s deforestation has had a profound impact not only on the country’s landscape but also on Haitians’ daily lives. Now, agronomists are planting the seeds for a more forested – and fruitful – future.

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Zimbabwe Looks to Solar Power to Help End Energy Imports and Cut Power Bills

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Environment

Zimbabwe’s electricity grid is in bad shape, and the country is forced to import power from neighboring Mozambique and South Africa. As the government looks for energy self-sufficiency, and citizens look for ways to cut their energy bills at home, many are finding an alternative that seems to offer a sustainable solution: solar power.

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In One Ugandan Village, Residents Grapple With Marauding Monkeys

Region: Uganda

Topics: Environment

As urbanization in Uganda grows, monkeys are being forced out of their natural habitats and are moving into human territory to search for food. Now, many residents are struggling to come to terms with the primate invasion.

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Women Rangers Pursue Poachers in Zimbabwe While Debate Ensues Over Anti-Poaching Tactics

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: EnvironmentHuman Rights

Damien Mander, founder of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation, has changed the lives of the women he’s hired to be wildlife rangers in Zimbabwe’s Lower Zambezi Valley. But many people in the conservation world worry that Mander’s approach is neither effective nor safe.

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Traditional Kingdom in Uganda Fights for Control of Protected Forest

Region: Uganda

Topics: Environment

The leader of the Bunyoro Kingdom leased thousands of hectares of forest land in the kingdom’s traditional land base to a sugar company – a move members of the kingdom say will help ease their poverty. But environmentalists say the kingdom has no right to lease the land, which is part of a protested forest.

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