Stories: Agriculture

  • The Maasai in Pictures: Uwiro Village, Tanzania

      Tom Murphy reported this story in Tanzania as a fellow with the International Reporting Project (IRP).

  • The Trouble With Maasai Boys

    A drought in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northwest Tanzania claimed the lives of more than 200 children in 2011. The dry season and unsure rains mean that the Maasai children that live in the region are still at risk. It may be the boys who are at the greatest risk. Girls fall behind at an early age compared to their...

  • Tanzanian Pigs and Livestock: Developing World Agriculture

    I love traveling and love it more when I can find pigs. I may even have to make it one of my life goals to see them on every continent where they exist — in all their glory. The thing about countries in much of east Africa (where I am now) and the Middle East however, is that they...

  • Farming Eden in Tanzania

    If there is an Eden for international charities in Tanzania, it might be a small plot in the Malala sub-district of Nambala. Goats feed from green grass while standing on elevated enclosures. The cows are close behind in their own pen that sits directly next to a bio-gas generating system, across from caged chicken and surrounded by elevated key-hole...

  • Finding a Business Solution to Tanzania’s Agriculture Problem

    In center of this East African nation, two organizations are working with poor farmers to prove that business, rather than traditional aid, is the key to making sustainable gains out of poverty. The idea is a popular one in the development community, and seemingly obvious, but moving from concept to reality has it challenges. The government of Tanzania and...

  • “One Acre Fund” e e os pequenos agricultores da Tanzânia

    O livro do incrível Roger Thurow sobre o “One Acre Fund” – “Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change” (A última temporada de fome: um ano em uma comunidade rural africana prestes a se transformar, em uma tradução livre) narra um ano...

  • How Community Gardens Are Changing Lives in Tanzania

    Up in the lush Uluguru Mountains in Morogoro, Tanzania, a USAID-funded nutritional program, Mwanzo Bora (which means "good start" in Swahili) has been put in place to help increase local mothers’ breastfeeding rates, lower the number of expectant mothers with anemia, and provide parents with the nutritional know-how to properly feed their children a well-balanced diet. Through a...

  • One Acre Fund in Tanzania

    Elda Msemwa, 40, is a farmer in Maguliwa. She plants maize and onions, raises 30 chicken and two adult children ages 18 and 22. Her oldest daughter is one of the only 7 people in her village attending university after winning a government scholarship. When asked if she’s proud of her, and if she’d be upset if her daughter never...

  • Tanzania’s Agricultural Landscape

  • Bringing Better Nutrition to Tanzania’s Farmers

    Abdullah Yahya’s farm sits above the dirt road that is unfriendly to cars after it rains. Corn stalks remain in the ground, withered by a lack of recent rains. The morning rain is a good sign. Abdullah will soon uproot the failed crop and plant with the hopes of a successful harvest. He lives in a two-room...