Tag Archives: Tanzania

Wargames – South Africans and Others

Are we on our way to a similar activity ? Post updated in Feb 2016.   In 1998 and for several years thereafter, during the fighting here, the South African military came in as the first wave of African Union (AU) troops … Continue reading

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Banana Beer and other Fermented Foods in Africa

Blog updated 19 May 2014 Bananas from the Burundi highlands being brought down to Bujumbura and surrounding areas along Lake Tanganyika. The supply chain for banana beer and other small and microenterprises  incorporate a variety of smallholders and workers, such as … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-General, Agriculture, Appropriate technology, Beer, Feasts, Fermentation, Food, Food Security, Indigenous crops & medicinal plants, Research & Development | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Cuisine and Crops in Tropical Africa – Colonial and Contemporary

Revised 13 December 2013 Over the coming months I will continue putting up brief notes on cuisine and crops in Africa,  covering the following and related topics.   Some of these are summary overviews, not intended to reflect specific conditions … Continue reading

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Visitors on the Wild Side of Lake Tanganyika – II

Part I is here: Visitors on the Wild Side of Lake Tanganyika – I  Moving ‘up’ the wildlife chain…  We have many guinea fowl in the wild – and a while back I was given a clutch to keep.  They make excellent … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-Central, Africa-East, Chimpanzees, Hippopotimus, Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika2, John Hanning Speke, Lake Tanzanya, Living here, Rusizi River ^ Wetlands, Wild boar, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

An Upcountry Training in Semi-savannah Crop-Livestock-Tree Dynamics

I was delighted to discover that my CD of 100s of pictures, taken before my recent hospital adventure, would work – but only on a computer other than my own!  Great fun to see these pictures, of recent training in … 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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Sheikhs and Sultans of the Swahili ‘City-states’ – Stanley’s Experience in Tabora, Tanzania

As a newspaper journalist of the late Nineteenth Century, Henry M. Stanley wrote about his East African adventures in highly romantic terms that were geared to charm his readers. His travels were over a decade after those of Burton and … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-Central, Africa-East, Colonialism, Culture, Explorers & exploration, Henry Stanley, Religion, Richard Burton, Tanzania | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments