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Scientists raise alarm over decline of invasive species in East African great lake

Nile perch. Image: Tonny Omondi
Nile perch. Image: Tonny Omondi

By Halima Abdallah

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.

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Tanzanian farmers and climate change

OlsonPodcastTanzania is an East African country with an economy that depends on crops like corn and rice. Climate change is causing warmer temperatures and unpredictable rainfall in Tanzania, and crop yields are suffering.  Not all farmers are affected equally. Small farms are impacted more than large farms, and women farmers have additional obstacles that make adapting to climate change extra difficult.

Jennifer Olson, far right above, is an associate professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. Listen to her describe her research on how the climate is changing in Tanzania, and how that change affects Tanzanian farmers.