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Road River: A photo story of a river dried by illegal land acquisitions

Fredrick Mugira and Annika McGinnis August 20,2019 This reporting project was made possible through the generous support of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Data visualisations by Code for Africa A lifeline river for over five million people in southwestern Uganda has been turned into a road. Rwizi River has had up to 80 percent […]

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In the face of a global pandemic, how can conservation efforts reduce the chance that poaching will spread disease?

WRITER Wendee Nicole @bohemianone This article was first published by Ensia Under a waxing gibbous moon, Felix Byamukama set out into Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southwestern Uganda to hunt bush pig and duiker. He didn’t plan on coming face to face with a 400-pound silverback in the dense jungle — but when he did, fear […]

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Simple solutions for stubborn problems: Communities close to Kenya’s Tsavo National Park plant trees to save wildlife

Linah Mwamachi, September 2020 This solutions journalism project investigating whether planting trees could protect wildlife was produced by Linah Mwamachi with with support from Code for Africa and funding from Internews and Earth Journalism Network. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE FEATURE IN KISWAHILI. Conflicts between humans and wildlife in Taita Taveta County in Kenya have […]

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Forced Travelers: Drought and floods force hard choices for millions in Africa’s Nile basin region

Fredrick Mugira, August 17 2020 Ruhangariyo Obedi had planted beans in his garden the size of a football pitch in Nyamuyanja, Isingiro district, one of the areas in Uganda prone to water shortage, when the 2018 mid-year drought struck. That year, just like a year before, rains failed. His plans of harvesting five bags of 60 […]

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Covid-19 puts a dent in Uganda’s tourism and conservation sectors

Sarah Mawerere, August 2020 Conservationists and tour operators in Uganda have raised concerns over the negative impact COVID-19 is having on their industries and are questioning how other zoonotic disease outbreaks could affect them in the future. Uganda’s tourism service sector is a major foreign exchange earner, contributing about US$1.4 billion to the country’s economy annually. But […]

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Rwanda reaping big from sand rivers and irrigation projects

By Diane MUSHIMIYIMANA, June 2020 In early 2000’s, Rwanda took an ambitious step to start the Land Husbandry, Water Harvesting and Hillside Irrigation Project and the Rural Sector Support Project (LWH-RSSP) to improve agricultural production and improve lives. The key aim of the projects is rural transformation through sustainable increase of agricultural productivity. The program involves […]

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NELSAP conducts first ever Lake-wide survey of fish stock on Lakes Edward and Albert

Polycarp Onyango, June 01, 2020 Monitoring fish stocks in relation to their species composition, abundance, distribution, catch, and fishing effort is required for sound management of fisheries resources. When the lakes in question are transboundary, this exercise becomes even more significant as it promotes cooperation on the international waters, reduces border conflicts and brings countries […]

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Maasai communities in Kenya and Tanzania pay the price of conservation

Dr. Daniel Sambu, University of Wisconsin La Crosse. May 01, 2020 Wildlife conservation strategies and efforts to improve community livelihood have been on a collision course for many decades. In Kenya and Tanzania for example, the national park system was created in the mid-20th century through a forceful eviction of indigenous communities to carve out […]

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Satellite data to aid water management in Africa

Busani Bafana,   May 05, 2020 Many African countries are not managing water resources well to boost development and economic growth because they lack readily useable water information to make informed decisions, researchers say. Africa generally has abundant water resources boasting of 17 rivers with water catchment areas of more than 100 000km2. However, the sustainability of […]

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Right to water: Experts root for improved water access to stop risk of COVID-19 spread in rural Ghana

Ama Kudom-Agyemang, April 27, 2020 In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives globally, one thing has become clear – the need to prioritise water provision. This need is more specific to rural communities, where populations are most vulnerable due to a few water facilities and unsafe water. […]

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The story of Sucked Dry: a cross-border data journalism investigation exposing how foreign investors are quietly staking their claim to large swaths of land in Africa’s Nile River basin

InfoNile Team April 06, 2020 River Nile, the world’s longest river, stretches through 11 countries in Africa: Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, DRC, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Egypt. Over 257 million people live within the Nile Basin, depending on the river to support their livelihoods. Water Journalists Africa maintains a network across the […]

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Experts reveal what it takes to ensure climate resilient water supply in East Africa

Hannah Pole, March 03, 2020 Ensuring continuous access to groundwater via multiple water sources and technologies supported by on-going monitoring and external support, will make drought-prone communities in east Africa better equipped to cope with climate change, according to a new study.  A comparison of several thousand rural water supplies during the 2015-16 drought in […]

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Land restoration in Ethiopia pays off but climate change necessitates many strategies

INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TROPICAL AGRICULTURE (CIAT) January 15, 2020 A combination of land restoration activities can boost crop yields — in some cases as much as 170 percent — and soil carbon but increased runoff due to climate change and land-use change make degradation a continued threat In the last decade, Ethiopia has invested more […]