Madagascar, but not as you know it.

Thanks to the DreamWorks Animation Company, the name ‘Madagascar’ conjures cozy, magical images of lush green forests and cute talking animals. The reality for this large and troubled island off the coast of East Africa is very different: Madagascar is one of the poorest and least developed countries on earth, and its developmental needs are …

GHANA: Farmers pool resources against climate change

Farmers near the banks of the White Volga river in Ghana are implementing bold initiatives to combat the increased frequency of flooding due to climate change. With the help of the Centre for Ecological Agriculture and Livelihoods (CEAL) , diverse tribal communities in the region are pulling together to survive the devastating surges of water …

British NGO funds Sustainable Farming in Malawi

Most people in the Global North (Europe, UK, USA, etc.) think of charity as giving stuff to people – food, handouts, money. But there is a growing number of small, forward-thinking NGOs who instead work with communities and invest in the tools, skill-building and resources to help them to become sustainably self-sufficient. A great example …

The Social Farmer

For Ugandan social entrepreneur and farmer Jospeh Male, training people to live their lives sustainably through agriculture is a much better way to help his fellow man rather than charity handouts. Through his Avail Group in Kampala, he provides training to youngsters and schools to help them discover the benefits of self-sufficiency while taking care …

Sunshine & Sustainability

Northern Ghana suffers from a relentless cycle of extreme droughts and devastating floods. But what it does have going for it is an abundance of year-round sunshine, and that’s a blessing for farmers who have been helped by CEAL (Centre for Ecological Agriculture & Livelihoods) to take advantage of the few resources that they do …

A bananas innovation in textiles

Oscar Ndayisenga launched Ecofitext in 2021 and July 2022 the start-up scooped the Newcomer category organised by Managers without Borders. Based in the capital of Burundi, Gitega, Ecofitext specialises in eco fibre production and earth-friendly textile products from the agricultural waste of banana trees grown by local farmers, creating sustainable biodegradable products and textiles for …

OTHER WARS ARE AVAILABLE

Despite talk of a ceasefire, the war in Yemen drags on into its eighth year and an estimated 20 million people are in desperate need. Yet only a fraction of the $4.3 billion requested from donor states in March was forthcoming. Western states offered $1.3 billion…and the Saudis? Nothing. In the same month, the UN’s …