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African Farmers are Creating Forest Gardens and “Planting it Forward”

August 22nd, 2014

In arid and degraded areas of Sub Saharan Africa, farmers who were barely able to provide for their families are now creating abundant forest gardens and “planting it forward” as […]

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A Country Emerging from the Shadows

April 8th, 2014

What African country lacking oil or diamonds experienced economic growth of 8 percent since 2010? Reduced the percentage of people living below the poverty line in the last ten years […]

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Aid for Africa Endowment Scholar Returns from Tracking Malnutrition and Hunger in South Sudan

October 30th, 2013

In July the Aid for Africa blog highlighted Jacqueline Lauer, the Aid for Africa Endowment Scholar at Tufts University’s Friedman School, who conducted research this summer in South Sudan with […]

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A Green Revolution for Africa?

September 11th, 2013

With Africa’s population expected to quadruple by the end of this century, will its struggling agricultural sector meet the demand?   Recently, Eleanor Whitehead, writing in Forbes, examined how philanthropists […]

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Despite Conflict in Northern Mali,Village Needs Are Met by Aid for Africa Charity

February 8th, 2013

Recently, the African country of Mali has made international headlines as French and Malian forces seek to oust Islamist rebels from the northern part of the country. The conflict in […]

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World Food Day Shines a Light on the Fight Against Hunger in Sub Saharan Africa

October 16th, 2012

Agriculture is the economic driver in rural areas of Sub Saharan Africa. More than three decades ago, the United Nations named October 16 World Food Day in honor of the […]

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Aid for Africa Scholar Helps Improve Nutrition in Northern Tanzania

August 20th, 2012

As the summer draws to a close, Katrina Brink, the first Aid for Africa Scholar supported through the Aid for Africa Endowment for Food and Sustainable Agriculture at the Friedman […]

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Landscape Approaches Ease Conflicts and Promote Sustainable Development

June 29th, 2012

Farmers versus environmentalists. Rural food alliances versus tourism. Ranchers versus private industry.  Can we build alliances between them in Africa to increase food production? Boost rural incomes? Restore degraded land […]

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Wolves, Okapis, and Painted Dogs – Oh my!

June 6th, 2012

African wildlife often conjures images of rhinos, zebras, or elephants. But there are hundreds of animal species that call Africa home.  For instance, did you know that wolves are native […]

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Earth Day—Uniting Voices Worldwide for a Sustainable Future

April 21st, 2012

Did you know that on April 22, 1970—the first Earth Day—20 million Americans demonstrated from coast to coast in the United States to call for a healthy, sustainable environment? For […]

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Will Technology Feed a Warming World?

April 18th, 2012

A recent blog noted that climate change will negatively affect African agriculture, particularly production of the most important staple crops– millet, cassava, rice (West Africa), maize, bananas and plantains. More […]

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World Water Day: Imagine if You Woke Up Tomorrow and No Water Flowed from Your Taps

March 22nd, 2012

Imagine if you woke up tomorrow and no water flowed from your taps. How far would you have to walk to get to the nearest fresh water source? How long […]

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A Valentine to You from Africa

February 9th, 2012

For many, Valentine’s Day is synonymous with chocolate— a product of the cacao tree.  Almost 70 percent of the world’s cocoa comes from Ghana, Ivory Coast and a few other […]

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Remembering a Legacy of Planting Trees and Building Lives

November 4th, 2011

In our previous blog post on the 2011 International Year of the Forest we highlighted the importance of forests in Africa, which account for the livelihoods of more than half […]

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Education on Overdrive—Creating Sustainable Schools

August 26th, 2011

In Uganda and Tanzania, students supported by Aid for Africa members are learning more than reading, science, and math.  They are learning how to make their schools sustainable. For the […]

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Fighting East African Famine Requires both Immediate and Long-term Solutions

August 1st, 2011

Food aid has begun to reach people in East Africa who are severely afflicted by the worst drought in 60 years. This emergency food aid is vital to prevent thousands […]

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Zeroing in on Farming in Africa as a Key to Long-Term Development

June 1st, 2011

At a recent meeting of the Chicago Council on Foreign Affairs, Bill Gates spoke of a new effort to help the farmers of Africa and South Asia build better lives […]

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Zeroing in on Farming in Africa as a Key to Long-Term Development

June 1st, 2011

At a recent meeting of the Chicago Council on Foreign Affairs, Bill Gates spoke of a new effort to help the farmers of Africa and South Asia build better lives […]

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Planting the Seeds Toward a Brighter Future

February 25th, 2011

Tamiru Gerite lives with his wife and five children in the village of Bedengeltu, in Southern Ethiopia. He works hard as a farmer, but his subsistence fields generate little income. […]

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Africa’s growing economic muscle tells only part of the story

August 5th, 2010

Africa is making progress economically, according to a new report by McKinsey & Company.  With combined gross domestic products across the continent of 1.6 trillion dollars in 2008, Africa is […]

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Scientific Research Underpins Development Advancements

June 16th, 2010

An elephant trampling a farmer’s field is a frequent problem in many parts of Africa. One elephant can destroy a farmer’s entire crop. Recent news reports suggest that research scientists […]

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