Category Archives: African rice

Mungo Park, Explorer and Scientist in Sumatra and Africa

Following his trip to Sumatra [described below] Park traveled to west Africa under the tutelage of the Africa Association, which was keen to obtain more information on the river Niger and groups inhabiting the area. Park’s love of travel had … 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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Cuisines and Crops of Africa, 18th Century: Food and Farming in Timbuktu

Tétuan, Moroccan port town opposite Gibraltar.  Steel Engraving.  Institute in Hidlburghausen. 1842 In about 1789, the merchant and voyager Abd Salam Shabeeny  set out from his home city, the Moroccan port town of Tetuan (above picture), for Germany in order to procure items for … Continue reading

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City States in the Sahel: Pre-European Kingdoms of West Africa – Part 1

With the recent efforts of France to address the efforts of Islamists in northern Mali – and Nigeria and its neighbours to confront the Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria- I am revising and reposting this blog on Sahelian history.    Introduction: … Continue reading

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Colonial Cuisine in Africa and What Followed

What stands out clearly in the above photo is the effort [to greater or lesser degrees unconscious] by colonials to distance themselves from their colonized subjects while also projecting a vision of improvement – of bringing ‘civilization’ to the ‘Dark … Continue reading

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Livingstone Discovers South Carolina Rice in Southern Africa, c.1860

[First posted Nov. 2010,  Revised 06 November 2011] The Portuguese had been trading in and marginally colonizing east-southern Africa since the 15th Century.  When, two centuries later, the English decided to explore the region, small settlements of Portuguese and their Catholic … Continue reading

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Colonial Encounters with West African Rice

 [First posted Sept. 2010, Updated 29 October 2011]  See also: AfricaRice’s African rice collection – (Oryza glaberrima) and Luigi just sent this 2007 link on the topic of Carolina Gold. from his blog. In 1805 the Scottish explorer Mungo Park … Continue reading

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