• Decline in insect populations worry East Africans

    January 15, 2020

    Fredrick Mugira in Uganda and Jacob Mugini in Tanzania hhFirst published by New Vision The national environment agency – NEMA says the major reasons why the southwestern region and other regions in Uganda no longer receive grasshoppers in big numbers are: change in climate and wetlands’ destruction. In the not so distant past, it would […]

  • Trapped in the Buffer Zone: Ugandan communities forgotten in the fight against climate change

    January 9, 2020

    By Annika McGinnis January 15, 2020 On the shores of Lake Victoria, southeastern Uganda, a Norwegian timber plantation sells carbon credits on the international carbon market as part of the global effort to fight climate change. Climate finance was designed to bring money and development to the local communities that host such major tree-growing projects. […]

  • ‘We see its value’: Ugandan communities benefiting from agroforestry

    January 2, 2019

    Deusdedit Ruhangariyo/ Mongabay January 2, 2019  Farming communities in the western Ugandan highlands of Butanda have for generations practiced agroforestry, intercropping fruit, grains and vegetables with medicinal plants, trees and grasses on their land. The practice allows them to harvest food throughout the year, both for sustenance and to sell, provides them with timber and […]

  • Uganda: Farmers Want To Turn To Irrigation As Drought Drags On

    August 15, 2014

    Chris Mugasha August 15, 2014 Thousands of farmers in Uganda’s western district of Kasese want the government of Uganda to help them start irrigating their gardens following continued dry weather that is causing food shortage. The district has up to 13 rivers. But farmers there have continued to lose their crops as a result of […]

  • Uganda: Plastic Bottles and Bags for Construction

    February 17, 2014

    Akatukunda Basemath February 17, 2014 An American volunteer has helped to construct a school library in Uganda out of used plastic bottles and Plastic shopping bags popularly known as buvera – all picked from dust bins. The building, the first of its kind in the country, is found at Mwizi Secondary School in Mbarara district, […]

  • Uganda: Access to Safe Water; More of a Myth than a Reality

    March 19, 2013

    Hope Mafaranga March 19, 2013 As the world marks World Water Day this week, several countries in Africa are still far from achieving the millennium development goal 7 C despite efforts in place. This goal calls for halving, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. One […]


    April 15, 2011

    Story and Photos by Fredrick Mugira April 15, 2011 The smell of fresh water and vegetation filled the air. It was a smell reminiscent of a cool feminine perfume in an air conditioned room. The sun had veiled itself under the clouds in a hazy sky. To our right side, leaves strewed the path beneath […]