Stories: Agrticulture

  • Reversing Chronic Malnutrition Starts Inside the Home

    Issa Abdulla’s sons, 10-year-old Nuhu and 7-year-old Sam, love dinners made with rabbit meat most. So the father of three (Sam and Nuhu have a 19-month-old sister named Tunda) gave each of his sons a rabbit of their own to raise and slaughter. “They’re excited about it,” Abdulla assured as his sons peeked around...

  • Jacarandas and Children: Reflections on Tanzania

    It’s been exactly three weeks since I left Tanzania and my mind is pregnant with vivid thoughts. I must deliver. On an excursion made possible by the International Reporting Project of the John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, I joined 11 brilliant reporters to travail the valleys and hillsides of the place called Tanzania. Here is where...

  • Fruit for Thought in Tanzania Nutrition Fight

    Selemani Hussaini never thought much about eating fruit in the past. The 46-year-old Tanzanian farmer mainly eats ugali, a thick maize-based porridge. Toss in a few cooked beans, tea or instant coffee and this completes a typical meal. "This is how we are raised to eat," says Hussaini. "No one really talked about fruit." Hussaini lives in Tanzania&rsquo...

  • When the Rains Slowed: Food Insecurity in Northern Tanzania

    The Maasai Steppe in northeastern Tanzania is bone dry for more months out of the year than those who dwell there are used to. This is a new occurrence. Depending on who you ask in the local Maasai community in Uwiro village, some say the rains started changing in 2001, including several Maasai women who recalled cutting countless trees for...

  • A Visit to One Acre Fund in Mlanda, Tanzania

    Tom Murphy took these pictures in Tanzania as a fellow with the International Reporting Project (IRP).  

  • Simple Innovations Revolutionize Farming in Tanzania

    Zanzibar is a small island about 20 miles off the Tanzanian mainland in East Africa. Nestled in the Indian Ocean, this semi-autonomous tropical nation, known as “Spice Island” is home to close to a million inhabitants. Though the African and Arab hybrid population relies heavily on the fishing industry, over 75% of Zanzibari’s are sustenance farmers. Tourism has...

  • American Seeks to Become Warrior and Help Maasai Stop Being Sexist

    A new book by and about the supposed first female Maasai warrior is stirring up controversy. Mindy Budgor is a Gucci-wearing, MBA-toting Californian who is promoting this book that tells of her attempt to ‘enlighten’ a Kenyan Maasai community by showing them not only men can be warriors. A blurb you won’t read on the book...

  • Running a Farm Business From Your Phone?

    John Waibochi is a savvy business man. Growing up in rural Kenya he saw the emergence of mobile technology as an opportunity to empower farmers. His app, Agrimanagr, provides real-time market information to farmers giving them the knowledge they need to make smart business choices and get the best value for their crops. Imani Cheers is reporting on mobile...