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Andrew Mambondiyani

Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Oct 17 2017

Irrigation rehab channels life back into Zimbabwe’s parched fields

NYANYADZI, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In this drought-prone region of eastern Zimbabwe, relying on rain to grow crops no longer makes sense.

Jun 12 2017

Aid groups seek to turn on funding tap to douse drought crises

BARCELONA/HARARE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When a big earthquake, flash flood or other sudden disaster hits, aid agencies spring into action with emergency responses and public appeals for donations. With droughts, it's different.

Apr 17 2017

Gold rush fever among poor Zimbabweans leaves trail of destruction

TARKA FOREST, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of unemployed Zimbabweans have turned to illegal gold panning in a bid to survive the country's deteriorating economy, leaving a trail of destruction that has alarmed farmers, timber plantation owners and the country's environmental authorities.

Mar 28 2017

Slow carbon credit sales hinder Zimbabwe forest protection

HURUNGWE, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One of the world's largest forest conservation projects has managed to curb deforestation in northern Zimbabwe, but the slow sale of carbon credits – on which the project depends – threatens its expansion, its organizers said.

Mar 22 2017

Heavy rains wash away Zimbabwe’s roads, leaving crops stranded

CHIPENDEKE, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After two consecutive seasons of drought, heavy rains finally promise a good harvest in most parts of Zimbabwe’s Manicaland province. But farmers now face a new challenge: washed-out roads that will make it difficult to get their crops to market.

Feb 21 2017

FEATURE-Illegal settlers threaten Zimbabwe's timber industry

CHIMANIMANI, Zimbabwe, Feb 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - F rom the mountaintop at Skyline in the Chimanimani district of eastern Zimbabwe, a mosaic of scorched trees and timber can be seen stretching for miles on end.

Jan 11 2017

With water short, Zimbabwe's farmers turn to capturing rain

MARANGE, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kuziwa Matongo’s rainwater harvesting system may not look like much, but its impact is huge.

Jan 06 2017

FEATURE - In drought-hit Zimbabwe, women's 'second shift' burden grows

MARWENDO, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rhoda Mhlanga looked tired.

Dec 21 2016

Traditional rainmaking ceremonies resurge in parched Zimbabwe

ZIMUNYA, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Under worryingly clear skies, men gathered amid sparse, drought-shrivelled trees at the edge of this remote village in eastern Zimbabwe to sing, whistle and ululate. They were calling the rain.

Dec 07 2016

Cattle shortage leaves Zimbabwe's fields unploughed as rains fall

MPUDZI, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After a year of paralyzing El Nino-induced drought, Zimbabwe’s farmers have been relieved to receive substantial rain in recent weeks, with normal to above-normal rainfall predicted for the new growing season.


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