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Tanzania: Animals and crops provide mutual benefits in mixed farming

Madanji Awe holds a recently-picked maize stalk which he has stripped clean of cobs. He places the long, yellowy-green stalk into a forage chopper and pulls the cord to start the motor. After a few attempts, the machine roars to

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Tanzania: Cattle trails become dangerous erosion ‘super-highways’

A community reporting project with Tanzanian high school students, and aspiring journalists, Loomoni Morwo, 19, Agnes Daniel, 18, for FRW. Jeremiah Chuma stares down into a chasm. He is standing only a stone’s throw from his family home in Ngarash,

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Tanzanian journalist benefits from Canadian capacity building efforts

ARUSHA, Tanzania – The radio speaker cackles with static as Rotlinde Achimpota turns the dial, before stopping at 93 FM  ̶ Mambo Jambo Radio, affectionately known to its listeners as MJ. The voice of a young broadcaster is heard reporting

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Tanzania: Small-scale farmers speak up for better market access

Digging her hands into the soil, Juliana Amadeus pulls up a fistful of onions with green, leafy stems. As the wind picks up, the onions’ pungent aroma wafts across the one acre farm. Ms. Amadeus drops the onions on to

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Radio Boda-boda goes the extra mile to serve listeners

Rural radio broadcasts reach some of the most remote areas of sub-Saharan Africa. However, when FRI Tanzania staff visited the farming village of Engare Nairobi west of Mount Kilimanjaro, it became clear that people there were unable to receive a radio

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Beep4Weather: Forecast and Farming advice available on-demand in Tanzania

With weather patterns shifting due to climate change, farmers need weather-related information they can count on. Luckily, their mobile phones can help them get it. “Utabiri wa hali ya hewa” (Swahili for “Beep for Weather”) is a radio and mobile phone service for

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Saving Tanzania’s Underground Hip Hop Scene

ARUSHA, Tanzania, Jun 18 2014 (IPS) – Inside a dark, cramped, music studio on Arusha’s hillside slum of Kijenge Juu, a thumping hip hop beat rattles the window-less room. A soft-spoken 26-year-old who goes by the name Raf MC steps up

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Tanzania: The Crop Doctor is in the Market

Dark clouds fill the sky, blocking the view of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro. Rain pours down on the bustling market in Himo town, about 100 kilometres east of Arusha. Farmers come from all over northern Tanzania to visit the bi-weekly “plant

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Media Literacy Talks for Tanzania’s Youth

I’m on the back of a boda-boda motorcycle taxi, heading uphill, when my driver, Nuru, points out the drive-way leading to the house of Tanzania’s former prime minister and current presidential hopeful, Edward Lowassa. Not even five seconds after we

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Tanzania: Intercropping and companion planting get results

Just three kilometres south of Arusha’s dusty, congested streets, the village of Engo Sengiu sits at the end of a long, bumpy dirt road, surrounded by fertile farmland. The village’s rutted roads are bordered everywhere by lush, green vegetation invigorated

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