Tanzania 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.
Victoria Breeze used to be a proposal writer for a big engineering firm. Now she is a research assistant with the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation.
And as it turns out, she is a good storyteller, too.
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Text: Kasey Worst
Images: Erin Anders, Vicki Morrone, Isaac Jambo
Before she left to do research for the Global Center for Food Systems Innovations in Malawi, Erin Anders’ professor told her a saying from that country:
“Maize is life.”
It is a phrase Anders said she did not understand then. But after spending May through August of 2014 in the
Dave Tschirley thinks about diets all the time, but not for himself. He is part of a group of researchers at MSU studying how the diets of people in Africa are changing dramatically as the continent becomes more urbanized. As Africans move to cities, they get more of their calories from processed, packaged foods. Tschirley recently went on a research trip to Mozambique, and he is here to talk about this diet transformation.
Photo: Dave Tschirley.
This interview aired on WKAR’s Current State program on December 1st, 2014. Pre-production work is by the Food Fix staff.
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