Even though agriculture drives Zimbabwe’s economy, the country’s low rainfall has always made grain farming challenging – and climate change is making rainfall more erratic and extending dry spells. Small-scale farmers, however, are increasingly turning to a climate-friendly and cost-effective solution to the changing environment: community seed banks.
In Goma’s Birere slum, hazards including candles and kerosene lamps abound, water is scarce, and there are few emergency services or decent roads. Overcrowding is another factor, but a group of young volunteers in the neighborhood has created a fire response service.
Despite environmental, political and financial hurdles since its 1990 opening, Kuimba Shiri Bird Park is still drawing locals, tourists and student groups to its unique wildlife sanctuary. Founded by an aficionado of falconry, the park's diversity of species continues to grow.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo’s mining industry, regulations are ignored, conditions are unsafe, and many miners work for mining companies without formal contracts. In the town of Rubaya, at least one miner dies per month, but reporters in three provinces couldn’t find any families who had received compensation for such accidental deaths.
Despite laws in the Democratic Republic of Congo against economic exploitation of children, poverty leads those as young as 5 to search for minerals in the sand near mines, and some 40 percent of the unregulated artisanal miners are said to be children. Desperate parents give their blessing to this, and the children also do other odd jobs, such as carrying materials and cleaning minerals, though local officials are trying to combat these practices.
In the midst of a food shortage, Haiti’s government is drafting plans and implementing new policies to support the country’s large population of farmers. But the farmers, who struggle to maintain their crops with outdated technology and the threat of natural disaster, say the effort isn’t enough.
Paved roads, clean drinking water and electricity are lacking in the eastern central region of Democratic Republic of Congo, where valuable minerals abound—even though foreign mining companies are required by DRC law to reinvest in the communities. Due to official corruption, the vast foreign funding has had little visible impact, but one Canadian company has found a way around the problem by signing a direct agreement with village leaders to bring about community development.
Bush meat, a delicacy in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is enjoyed by many, but its procurement is linked to illegal wildlife trafficking throughout the region. Officials work to educate the public on this connection to stop people from supporting those who are partially responsible for the DRC’s declining wildlife.