Stories: Irrigation

  • 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...

  • 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...