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Batwa Pots in Burundi: Traditional Clay Pot Cuisine, Pt. 2 of 2

[First posted in 2009, Updated 26 October 2011] Pt. 1 of this entry explained how Batwa pots are made, and noted that as metal and plastic enter the market, the pots are being increasingly marginalized – thus further undermining the … Continue reading

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Batwa Pots in Burundi: Traditional Clay Pot Cuisine, Pt. 1 of 2

 [First posted in 2009, Updated 25 October 2011] The Batwa pygmies of central Africa were the earliest inhabitants of the area, being later joined by Bantu agriculturalists who migrated over time from West Africa. As hunter-gathers, theirs has been a … Continue reading

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Elephant Foot BBQ’d in a Pit – A Colonial Favorite in South-Central Africa

“A long march, to prevent biliousness, is a wise precaution after a meal of elephant’s foot. “ Elephant hunts – and elephant eating – were common pastimes during colonial incursions into Africa. A detailed narrative of the hunt, the cooking … Continue reading

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Shakshuka Brunch and Sorghum Beer on the Shores of Lake Tanganyika

During the war-years of the 1990’s we enjoyed this Sunday brunch with our friends at our Project compound on the northern shores of Lake Tanganyika, Burundi, where we have had goats, chickens, ducks, a donkey (the only donkey in Burundi, … Continue reading

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Cuisines and Crops of Africa, 19th Century – Zambezi River Watershed in Southern Africa

Between 1858 and 1864 Dr. David Livingstone and his brother, together with several other persons, explored  the Zambezi River and its tributaries in south-central Africa. Although this was one of the most difficult of the colonial ventures into the interior … Continue reading

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Changing Paradigms in African Agriculture: Learning from the Locals

When I began working in the agriculture-agroforestry-livestock sectors, the main paradigm for improvement was that of technology transfer – moving technologies developed and used in the northern (western) hemisphere, to researchers and farmers in the South. ToT (Transfer of Technology), … Continue reading

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Herbal Treatments in Africa for Malaria in the 19th Century – A Hit-and-Miss Affair

Malaria was a major scourge for colonial explorers in tropical Africa – as, indeed, it is today.  Since the malady was unknown in northern Europe and the UK, treatments during the colonial era were hit-and-miss.  Some of the concoctions were … Continue reading

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