Category Archives: Africa-East

Soil biodiversity and ecosystem function

It has long been recognised that organisms living in the soil are important for making nitrogen available to plants and for storing carbon in the soil but a new paper in PNAS by de Vries et al… Source: diana … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-East, Africa-North, Burundi, Climate Change, Desertification, Nile Valley, Research & Development, Research and Development, Sudan | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

More Adventures of Mungo Park, Who Describes Hunger Crops in the Western Sahel, 1797

Mungo Park routinely describes foods and crops – as well as cooking and serving methods – throughout his extensive travels in west Africa.  His are amongst the most detailed sources on these topics for the late eighteenth and early nineteenth … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-Central, Africa-East, Africa-West, Food, Indigenous crops & medicinal plants | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

A Grassy Trend in Human Ancestors’ Diets

“For a long time, primates stuck by the old restaurants–leaves and fruits–but by 3.5 million years ago, they started exploring new diet possibilities–tropical grasses and sedges–that grazing animals discovered a long time before, about 10 million years ago,” Cerling says, … Continue reading

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. . . And Then the Rains Came: Coping in Kajaga Village

Unusually heavy rains have caused havoc across much of east Africa, displacing thousands of people and damaging important infrastructure… In Burundi, flood-affected areas include the northwestern region of Bubanza, Bujumbura City and the plains of Imbo along the shores of … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-East, African rice, Climate Change, East central Africa, Humanitarian Assistance, Livestock, Mud brick houses, Rusizi River ^ Wetlands | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Locusts and Hyenas: The Red Sea Hills of Eastern Egypt & Sudan

Following on the recent swarms of Locusts in Egypt and Israel, here is an update of a blog on the topic (and on hyenas): Previous blogs on work in the Red Sea Hills are found here and here. During the … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-East, Africa-General, Africa-North, Africa-Southern, Egypt Desert Locust Authority, Egypt-Ancient, Egypt-Recent, Sudan, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Kitties in Africa, Past and Present

With the new year upon us, I look back at the animals I brought here from Kenya.  That included: 3 cats, 2 dogs, my 2 horses, and a van-load of Alpine and Boer breeding goats for our restocking and herd upgrading … Continue reading

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Artist-in-Resident at the Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika: Art Helping Kids in Africa

 Art does not need justification, nobody has to be excused for making art… – Robert Omundi Robert Omundi, Resident Artist at the Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika, has a goal: To inspire, disciple and enable vulnerable children, orphans and street … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-East, Art in Africa, Burundi, Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika2, Living here | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments