Tag Archives: East Africa

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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Happy May Day – A Great Burundian Holiday

May Day is enthusiastically celebrated here in Burundi – a great parade of workers from different organizations, families visiting and strolling the beach, and lots of food and drink.   Boy-Boy – a huge Burmese cat who accompanied me when I came from Kenya – … 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, 19th Century – The Limits of Pastoralism as a Lifestyle

  [First posted  24 Oct 2009  Revised 04 November 2011] With the Horn of Africa so much in the news now, I am updating and reposting several links that focus on limited resources in the area. Summary: The importance of the relationship … Continue reading

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Discovering the Rusizi River – Did It flow IN or OUT?!, Pt. I

East African explorations in the mid 19th Century were overwhelming directed to discovering the source of the Nile in central Africa.  Along side this goal, laying out ways and means whereby the English could establish a strong foothold in East and central Africa … Continue reading

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Coffee Culture in Africa – an Historical Peek

Following on the last blog, about indigenous coffee in Uganda – and about other indigenous crops, here follows some passages from 19th Century explorers on ‘coffee culture’ and the agriculture of indigenous coffee in east Africa and the Sudan.  The importance of … Continue reading

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Rice in East Africa, 1860’s: Imported and Indigenous

Rice was introduced to East Africa by Arab and Swahili traders in the northern area of the East African coast, and by the Portuguese in the south (see this blog). It was a crop raised by Arabs, Swahili or Portuguese, … Continue reading

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