Blog: Blog Archive

Veterinarians Make House Calls to Save Gorillas

November 4th, 2016

Gorillas only exist in the wild in Africa. Mountain gorillas, one of four subspecies, live in central Africa at high altitudes in the national parks encompassing Rwanda, Uganda and the […]

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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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Boosting Wildlife Conservation with Technology

December 9th, 2015

Love elephants, lions and giraffes but don’t have the time or money to take an African safari? Today is your lucky day! Google and Aid for Africa member Lewa Wildlife […]

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Aid for Africa Scholar Tracks Community-Led Nutrition and Health Efforts in Rwanda and Kenya

October 7th, 2015

This past summer Dianna Bartone, the fourth Aid for Africa Endowed Scholar, traveled to Gicumbi, Rwanda, and Nairobi, Kenya, as part of her graduate work in nutrition and public health […]

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Will Ending Trophy Hunting Save Africa’s Lions?

August 6th, 2015

The illegal killing in Zimbabwe of Cecil, a lion that was protected and was the subject of a research study, has drawn international attention to wildlife trophy hunting in Africa. […]

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Is it Possible to “Graduate” from Poverty? New Research Says Yes

June 3rd, 2015

In a world where extreme poverty seems insurmountable, it is refreshing to be part of an alliance of organizations that are effectively making a difference in the lives of people […]

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Saving the Leopard with Furs for Life

May 13th, 2015

It has the widest range of all big cats in the world and was once ubiquitous throughout much of Africa and Eurasia. But the leopard has fallen on hard times. […]

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The African Golden Cat: Rising Star of Videos and Photos

February 5th, 2015

When you think about wild cats in Africa, chances are what comes to mind is a majestic lion or sleek cheetah.  You probably don’t think about the African golden cat, […]

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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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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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New Test May Signal the End for a Biblical Disease

February 20th, 2013

It’s a disease associated with Biblical times—leprosy.  But even today, leprosy affects 3 to 4 million people around the world, many in Africa.  Some 250,000 people contract the disease each […]

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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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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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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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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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Recognizing Progress, Committing to the Future on World AIDS Day

December 1st, 2011

On  World AIDS Day, our attention turns again to Sub-Saharan Africa, which has only one-tenth of the world’s population, but two-thirds of the people in the world living with HIV […]

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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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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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World Water Day: Spotlight on Saving Lives with Safe Drinking Water

March 21st, 2011

On March 22, World Water Day, Aid for Africa asks you to remember that there are 1.1 billion people in the world who lack access to safe drinking water – […]

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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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