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Ensuring everyone has a tap at home can yield US$37 billion per year– WaterAid report

Oluseyi Abdulmalik  Abuja, Nigeria.   July 14, 2021 Developing country economies would be boosted by trillions of dollars over the next two decades if clean water, toilets and hygiene were brought to everyone, reveals a new report from international aid agency, WaterAid.   The report comes after the UK Government faced wide criticism for revealing plans to slash aid spending […]

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Even with poor rains, genetically modified cotton farmers in Malawi reap big

George Mhango, Blantyre. July 14,2021 Malawi has become the latest African country to adopt growth of genetically modified cotton seed varieties under BT Cotton. Others countries that have also embraced this include Kenya, Cameroon, Ghana, Uganda and Nigeria. This comes after successful biotech experiments by Quton Malawi and its partners, including approval of the new […]

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The Flipflopi Dhow: Returning Home

Highlights: InfoNile’s documentary features the Flipflopi, the world’s first 100% recycled plastic boat, which sailed more than five hundred kilometers around Lake Victoria in March to bring together communities in the fight against plastic pollution. This expedition stopped in the three East African countries surrounding the lake, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, which have all attempted […]

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Finding Bread in Waste

Carolyne Tomno Women’s group in Kisumu creates products from plastic trash and water hyacinth, and has sent almost 300 orphans to school. Florence Gundo is a 77-year-old grandmother. She lives in Orongo, a village tucked away in the lakeside region of Kenya. Her village is several kilometres from Kisumu city, which is a major regional […]

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New app to help Kenyan youth collect and recycle plastic waste along lakeshores

Laura Otieno Plastic pollution the grim reaper to the lake’s crippled fishing sector Two teenagers are developing a mobile application targeting the youth to help collect and recycle plastic waste With Kenya’s plastic ban entering its fourth year in June, plastic pollution still remains a threat to the environment and various stakeholders are now calling […]

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Plastic Pollution of Lake Victoria in Uganda: Who is to Blame?

Jenipher Asiimwe, Uganda Is plastic pollution intentional or it is done unknowingly? Who is responsible for protecting the lake from pollution? What can be done to eradicate unsustainable human activities? Robert Egesa, Angella Nankabirwa Henry Ocaya and Willy Gandhi Pabire, in their 2020 study on microplastic pollution in surface water of Lake Victoria, indicate that polyethylene, often […]

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Tiny microplastics found in cosmetics, household cleaning products are secretly poisoning Lake Victoria

Jane Kisha, Uganda Using the Beat The MicroBead(BTMB) app, we randomly picked twelve cosmetics off a shelf in a supermarket to check if they contained microplastics. Among the 11 products, 5 of them have microplastics in them. The products that have microplastic are; F and W exfoliating shower gel, Dove shower gel, Listerine Advanced Mouthwash(had sceptical […]

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‘We are in trouble,’ Lake Victoria fishers cry out as plastics accumulate in the lake

Hadija Jumanne, Mwananchi: hjumanne@mwananchi.co.tz Most villages in Tanzania do not have even a single litter bin. In many parts of the shores of Lake Victoria, plastics are everywhere. The fishing community is blamed for using illegal fishing nets made out of plastic A 2015 study conducted in the Mwanza region of Tanzania found evidence of microplastics in […]

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Tanzania’s Manyara Lake is drying up. Here’s why

Sylivester Domasa, February 5, 2021 A decade ago, groups of tourists trekked the villages to the Lake Manyara to explore tree-climbing lions, wildebeests, flocks of migrating flamingos among other natural wonders. Over the last two decades, it shrunk by over 90 per cent. The only income-generating activities are agriculture, fishing, livestock keeping, and a collapsing […]

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Uganda’s First Oil: What is at Stake?

Megan S. Lee and Cliff Abenaitwe, February 01, 2021 French oil multinational Total, its partner investors, and the Ugandan and Tanzanian governments will soon finalize their decision on the Lake Albert Development Project, Uganda’s first oil development The effects of potential oil spills and infrastructure development would cause irreversible damage in the ecologically sensitive Albertine […]