Editor’s note: Uganda-based reporter Halima Abdallah of The East African developed this story at an environmental journalism workshop led by Eric Freedman, director of MSU’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism which publishes The Food Fix.
Will the commercial viability of Lake Victoria and its ecosystem be sustained? This is the question arising from re-emergence of low value native species like dagaa against dwindling stocks of high-value species like the Nile perch.
Researchers are studying if people in Kenya are more likely to buy flour that has been certified free of the toxic fungus aflatoxin. It infests corn and can cause people to die.
This video examines the work of Vivian Hoffmann, a research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute, and Christine Moser, an associate professor of economics at Western Michigan University.
Penn State’s Maryann Frazier and her team use cell phones to improve honey production. Project managers weekly call a network of Kenyan beekeepers to discuss best practices for the highest honey production that maximizes income. (Related video here.)
This talk given at a recent workshop of the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation is notable for what it borrows.
The innovation is the use of cell phones in a way that enables African beekeepers to share data. My favorite line comes early in the piece.
After showing an image of a western honey bee, researcher Maryann Frazier notes: “The true lifeline of this story, perhaps, especially in this initial intervention, is this fabulous little insect, one that you would not want to eat, John.”