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When a Maasai Girl Graduates, Her Community Benefits

October 5th, 2016

When Abigael Simaloi Pertet finished fifth grade in 2003, she was faced with the possibility that she would not be able to return to school.  Her grandparents, who were a […]

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Can Biochar Improve Rwandan Agriculture? Aid for Africa Endowed Scholar Wants to Know

September 16th, 2016

In a village about an hour outside of Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, Jamie Fanous wanted to know if there was a simple way to improve Rwanda’s agriculture for subsistence […]

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African Moms Escape Poverty with their Children in Tow

February 24th, 2016

As the sole provider for her family, Daate Inyakh of northern Kenya once struggled to feed her six daughters. She was one of the ultra-poor women living in drought-threatened arid […]

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A Massive Drought in Ethiopia Again?

February 5th, 2016

It sounds so familiar—drought in Ethiopia puts millions of people at risk of starvation. How could this be when in recent years Ethiopia was lauded as a country on the […]

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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 Taste of Life and Development in Kenya on the National Mall

July 1st, 2014

Where in the United States can you sample traditional Swahili dishes, learn about living and working with African wildlife, view art converted from waste materials and get your groove on […]

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Lions in West Africa Are on the Brink of Extinction

January 16th, 2014

In a blog a year ago, we reported on a steep decline in the African lion population. At that time, researchers estimated the lion population in West Africa to be […]

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Improving Cook Stoves Helps Combat Global Climate Change

January 18th, 2013

If you have traveled in rural Africa, you’ve seen smoke coming from the small houses and back yards of most families. In fact, it is not uncommon to see wood […]

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Africa’s Lions in Steep Decline

December 8th, 2012

A surprising new study released this week finds that Africa is losing its lions, fast.  The lion population in Africa declined from 100,000 to about 32,000 over the last 50 […]

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Endangered Speedster of the African Wild

November 13th, 2012

They’re beautiful, they go from zero to 60 miles an hour in three seconds, and they’re endangered.  Cheetahs—the race cars of the wild—have declined since 1900 from more than 100,000 […]

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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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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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Trash is Not Trash Until It Is Wasted

January 26th, 2012

Many of us recycle our bottles and waste without ever seeing the tangible benefits. Although recycling is practiced far less commonly in Sub Sahara Africa, the recycling efforts of two […]

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Can we save Africa’s lions and other big cats from extinction?

December 16th, 2011

Panthera vice president George Schaller laments the demise of big cats in the December issue of National Geographic and asks if we as a people have the will to save […]

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Drilling for Water in Africa’s Most Remote Regions

December 5th, 2011

They did it!  World Hope International recently dug its 700th well and achieved its goal of providing 500,000 people in Sub Saharan Africa with clean water! World Hope and its […]

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Drilling for Water in Africa's Most Remote Regions

December 5th, 2011

They did it!  World Hope International recently dug its 700th well and achieved its goal of providing 500,000 people in Sub Saharan Africa with clean water! World Hope and its […]

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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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Great Ape Trust Recognized for its Research Efforts with Bonobos and Chimpanzees

April 29th, 2011

Aid for Africa member Great Ape Trust has two reasons to celebrate.  In Iowa, the Trust’s Sue Savage-Rumbaugh was named one of the TIME 100 for 2011 for her work […]

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"Greening" Africa

April 21st, 2011

Aid for Africa members work to “green” Africa on Earth Day and every day. Sub Saharan Africa is rich in natural resources and the region has great potential for renewable […]

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“Greening” Africa

April 21st, 2011

Aid for Africa members work to “green” Africa on Earth Day and every day. Sub Saharan Africa is rich in natural resources and the region has great potential for renewable […]

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Saving Africa’s Forests

February 11th, 2011

The United Nations designated 2011 the International Year of Forests and is working to highlight the importance of forests worldwide. Nowhere are forests more important than in Africa. More than […]

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Environmental Justice — Using the Law to Protect the Poor and the Environment in Southern Africa

April 26th, 2010

It isn’t everyday that an environmentalist takes on the government and wins. When Thuli Brilliance Mkama, the only public interest environmental lawyer in Swaziland, challenged the environment minister in court, she won and reaffirmed that law is a vital instrument to use against injustice and to support the poor.

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Working to Save Africa’s Rich Biodiversity

February 25th, 2010

The United Nations has named 2010 International Biodiversity Year, acknowledging the continued loss of plant and animal species around the world from population growth, urbanization, deteriorating habitats, invasive species, and […]

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Working to Save Africa's Rich Biodiversity

February 25th, 2010

The United Nations has named 2010 International Biodiversity Year, acknowledging the continued loss of plant and animal species around the world from population growth, urbanization, deteriorating habitats, invasive species, and […]

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The Nobel Economics Prize and Africa

October 14th, 2009

Tapping Elinor Ostrom as one of the winners of the Nobel Prize in Economics is exciting for anyone interested in issues of saving forests, wildlife conservation, agricultural development, and environmental […]

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