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Articles (7)

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Commentary/The informal food economy – a source of income and belonging

Small businesses in the informal food economy are important sources of income in migrant communities in ‘Somali Town’ in Cape Town, South Africa. Food also offers a sense of belonging for people fleeing conflict, climate change, and ecological degradation.

WRITTEN BY Luke Metelerkamp & Jules Mercer
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Commentary/Cleaning up Lilongwe River

How hundreds of tonnes of organic waste in the Malawian capital were turned into a precious resource – compost manure – that helps poor farmers increase their yields.

WRITTEN BY Jessica Kavonic & Stephen Chiunjira
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Commentary/Trading off Nile perch futures

East Africa’s Lake Victoria faces immediate problems. The solutions lie in long-term perspectives.

WRITTEN BY Andrea Downing
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Feature/Women hunters in the octopuses’ gardens

Octopus represents both food and profit for small-scale fishers who live along the shores of the western Indian Ocean. Changes in the region have implications for fisherwomen that need to be addressed by fisheries policy and management to become more gender equitable.

WRITTEN BY Liz Drury O'Neill
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Commentary/Can science fiction reimagine the future of global development?

Why science-based fictional narratives can help us develop a more sustainable and equitable future for humanity on spaceship Earth.  

WRITTEN BY Andrew Merrie
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Commentary/Shifting contexts in the Sahel

Farmers in Burkina Faso rely on whole village landscapes for their livelihoods. Their reliance on that multifunctional patchwork is adjusting as they face changes in rainfall patterns, in young people’s aspirations, and in local markets.

WRITTEN BY Hanna Sinare
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Commentary/Seeking resilience in Niger

How one team learned to change its traditional views on development through understanding complex systems in Niger.