In Food-Insecure Haiti, Street Vendors Play a Central Role in Feeding the Capital

Region: Haiti

Topics: HealthHuman Rights

Earlier in July, protests against price hikes paralyzed Port-au-Prince, but the demonstrations also forced the closing of one of the capital’s sources of affordable food: the informal street chefs known as “manje kwit.” With stands near markets and bus stops, these vendors offer meals for $1 or less, and their fare is a lifeline for many of the capital’s food-insecure residents.

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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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Generators Spark Hope for DRC Town, but Power Problems Persist

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: BusinessEntrepreneurship

Refrigerated beverages and recharged cellphones are among the benefits of a local businessman’s efforts to bring electricity to Komanda. But breakdowns are common, many can’t afford the use of generators, and residents criticize the national government for failing to provide an infrastructure plan for the region.

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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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Congolese Deem Cheap Malewa Restaurants Worth Food Safety Risks

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Health

Wherever you turn in the city of Kisangani, you’ll find makeshift eateries where hunger is economically satisfied – and diseases like typhoid fever may lie in wait. One health official states that none of these establishments in Kisangani meets hygiene standards, and many operate without officials’ knowledge.

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Repairing a Motorcycle in DRC

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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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As Sugarcane Farmland Shrinks, Haiti’s Craft Distillers Remain Hopeful

Region: Haiti

Topics: AgricultureBusiness

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.

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Long Thought of as Food for the Poor, Healthful Okra Enjoys New Popularity in DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Health

Cases of diabetes are increasing in DRC, as more than 3.3 million people here have been diagnosed with the disease. The rise in the incidence of diabetes in DRC has been accompanied by the rising popularity of a common vegetable that helps manage blood sugar, even though the vegetable has long been considered a food of the poor: okra.

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With Unusual Mining Cooperative, DRC Community Strikes Gold

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Extractives

Gold has been mined in this remote region of DRC for decades, and many mines are controlled by armed groups. But when a new deposit was discovered recently, armed groups didn’t take it over – the people did.

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