Stories: Agriculture

  • Childhood Stunting Slows Public Health Progress in Tanzania

    Yasin Issa thinks he is too small for his age. The 13-year-old boy stands less than four feet tall. He wears a thick brown canvas jacket around his petite body and plays with his friends on one of the many hilltops in his neighborhood nestled on the slopes of the Uluguru Mountains in eastern Tanzania. "We don't eat...

  • Farming While Pregnant in Tanzania

    Across Tanzania's multicultural landscape of an estimated 47 million people and more than one hundred ethnic groups, women, wives in particular, play major roles in sustaining family livelihoods. With more than 75 percent of the population living in rural areas, farming comprises up to 75 percent of Tanzania's workforce and farming while heavily pregnant has lead to considerable cause for alarm...

  • Homeless in Tanzania

    Sixteen-year-old Lenard Baraka grips the air above his head. He is miming how, four years ago, he slipped under a car, grabbed onto the chassis and held on, upside down. He doesn’t remember how long the trip took, but it was ‘very far’. This was how Lenard ran away from home at 12 years old, and the...

  • In Tanzania, Farmers Reap the Benefits of Radio

    How do you share ideas – including potentially transformative ones – with people who do not have Internet access, are largely illiterate, and live far from paved roads? Even in today’s hyper-connected world, most farmers in Tanzania – who make up 75 percent of the country’s population of  48 million –...

  • Liberation Ecology: Poo to Compost to Nutrition and Sustainable Living

    World Toilet Day [on 19th November] reports that 40% of the world’s population do not have access to toilets, which is about 1 in 3 people. Sanitation and waste disposal is a human right, but like most rights it exists only on paper and in echo chambers of election promises, UN organizations, and NGOs. The consequences of this...

  • Tanzanian Women See Second Chance at Land Owning

    Rozalia Msaudzi, 68, quietly explains what her life is like in her small village, near Iringa, in the southern highlands of Tanzania. She maintains a collected expression as she relates the hardship of maize farming, the death of her husband in 1996 and the number of children who are still alive. But her voice starts to rise and she gestures emphatically when...

  • One Acre Fund Members Singing Before Weekly Farmer Training

    One Acre Fund member sing and pray before each of their weekly meetings. We observed a weekly meeting in Iringa, Tanzania, where One Acre Fund has just started its second season in Tanzania. Jennifer James reported from Tanzania as a fellow with the International Reporting Project (IRP).

  • Farmers Try New Food-Growing Strategies to Ensure Food Security, Cope with Climate Change

    Farmers need only survey their parched fields during the ever-intensifying dry seasons here to know climate change is happening. Rain falls less frequently than it did a decade ago because of “destruction of the environment” says Sopian Kinyoge, a 27-year-old farmer. His older sister says rains are more fleeting from “cutting down of the trees.” Alfred...

  • Changing Climate Threatens Tanzanian Farmers

    The stretch of road from Morogoro to Iringa cuts through Mikumi National Park before traversing the Udzungwa mountains. Dead baobab trees stand gray and fat against the seemingly endless stretches of dirt. Changing rainfall patterns and a lack of overall water access is making life increasingly harder for Tanzania farmers. The country hopes to improve food security, nutrition and...

  • A fome dos Maasai

    Vilarejo de Mkuru, norte da Tanzânia. Tajiri Asais tem onze anos, mas parece ter seis. Ele pesa 21 quilos e mede 1,26 metro. O peso e tamanho médio de um menino dessa idade são 34 quilos e 1,41 centímetros. Todos os dias, Tajiri anda uma hora para chegar até a escola. De café da...