During school hours, many young children in one central Ugandan district are deployed in family gardens and fields, guarding against hungry monkeys. Families say their work is important, but government officials, worried about falling school enrollments, are pushing back.
As Zimbabwe’s economy continues to decline, shoppers have faced tighter budgets and vanishing purchasing power — but Chinese-owned retailers have provided more choice. The government has passed legislation to limit imports, but, thanks to their low prices, the Chinese stores seem here to stay.
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.
Corn is the foundation of many iconic Mexican foods, but in recent years Mexico has been growing less and importing more. A group of women in southern Mexico are supporting each other in growing corn and making corn-based foods, shielding the staple crop from the ups and downs of the global economy.
A Nepalese migrant worker is nearly comatose after being injured in Qatar. He received good treatment there, but now that he’s home in Nepal, his body is deteriorating and his family wonders how they’ll pay for his ongoing treatment.