• Yala Swamp Saga: Broken Promises, Idle Land

    June 4, 2019

    This story was produced in partnership with InfoNile and Code for Africa with support from the Pulitzer Center. Writer: Geoffrey Kamadi Coordination: Fredrick Mugira June 2019 June 2019 The story of Yala Swamp and Dominion Farms Limited reads like any sad, unfortunate tale, typical of land acquisition deals gone awry. Often times involving big, powerful […]

  • How Egypt’s water feeds the Gulf

    May 30, 2019

    Writers: Nada Arafat and Saker El Nour Coordination: Fredrick Mugira May 2019 This story was produced in partnership with InfoNile and Code for Africa with support from the Pulitzer Center. Vast expanses of green extend across the horizon, tended by the advanced machinery that has replaced hundreds of agricultural workers. The land is watered using center-pivot irrigation systems, […]

  • Rose: The Flower impairing Blue Nile River and Communities in Ethiopia

    May 30, 2019

    Writer: Ayele Addis Ambelu Coordination: Fredrick Mugira   May 2019 This story was produced in partnership with InfoNile and Code for Africa with support from the Pulitzer Center. Abreham Bekele, 58, a resident of Meshenti village, close to Bahir Dar city, in Ethiopia’s Amhara region became a destitute after the land he and his eleven […]

  • Land Grabbing and Its Implications for Sudanese – Views from a scholar

    May 14, 2019

    This story was produced in partnership with InfoNile and Code for Africa with support from the Pulitzer Center. Annika McGinnis and Fredrick Mugira May 13, 2019 Investors from largely food-insecure Gulf countries are increasingly buying vast swaths of fertile land irrigated by the Nile River in Sudan to grow food crops to sustain their populations. […]

  • African countries tipped to join UN water

    May 13, 2019

    AfDB/Agonza Innocent in Kigali, Rwanda May 13, 2019 The African Development Bank and the United Nations Water Convention have agreed to jointly encourage African countries to join the UN water management organization to promote integrated and sustainable management of surface and groundwater resources. The move follows a visit by a delegation from the UN Convention on […]

  • Uncertainty over laws fuel land grabs in South Sudan

    May 8, 2019

    Foreign investors acquired 2.5 million hectares of land since 2006 Writer: Paul Jimbo Coordination: Annika McGinnis This story was produced in partnership with InfoNile and Code for Africa with support from the Pulitzer Center. The Government of South Sudan is encouraging many new investments in hope that the foreign companies will produce food and ease the country’s […]

  • Africa loses out on global share of investments in conservation due to poor data

    April 26, 2019

    Ama Kudom-Agyemang April 26, 2019 As countries continue to take action to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and members to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), await the coming of year 2020 to agree to a new global biodiversity framework, it has become clear that data has a crucial role to play. Because biodiversity […]

  • Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor to improve water services for 600,000 people in western Uganda

    April 24, 2019

    Water Journalists Africa April 24, 2019 WSUP Advisory, the consulting arm of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), has launched a project to improve access to water for 600,000 people in small towns and rural growth centres in western Uganda, thanks to a four-year grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The funding […]

  • Decades of wise use pay off for a Kabale wetland

    April 15, 2019

    Story and multimedia by Fredrick MugiraTechnical support by Annika McGinnis and Code for Africa There are blooming flowers in Mugandu–Buramba wetland in the southwestern Uganda’s district of Kabale, those of lavender; white; red; yellow; blue and pink – most of them tube-shaped, amidst green leaves. And then, there is Mauda Kehikyirwa – an 89 year […]

  • Human health in dire straits if urgent actions are not made to protect the environment, warns landmark UN report

    March 14, 2019

    Agonza Innocent March 14, 2019 The most comprehensive and rigorous assessment on the state of the environment completed by the UN in the last five years was published this week, warning that damage to the planet is so dire that people’s health will be increasingly threatened unless urgent action is taken. The report, which was […]