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Wesley Langat

From roads to water, Nairobi slum upgrades bear fruit for residents

Apr 16 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Food vendor Mary Akinyi, 39, a single mother of three, arranged her dried fish on a table at the side of a busy road in Kibera, Nairobi’s largest slum, getting ready for peak hours in the early evening.

Boat made of old flip-flops flies flag for cleaner African seas

Feb 12 2019

MOMBASA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It was 6pm when an unusual rainbow-coloured boat, made of recycled plastic waste and discarded flip-flops gathered from beaches and roadsides, dropped anchor off the beach at Mtwapa, near Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa.

Finding fakes: Mobile phones help detect counterfeit seeds in Kenya

Nov 16 2018

NTULELE, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Besides more unpredictable weather and changing crop diseases, Kenyan farmers face another worry: counterfeit seed.

Pest-proof bags and bins slim Tanzania's 'lean season'

Sep 10 2018

KONDOA, Tanzania (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Improved storage techniques have shown they can cut the loss of harvested maize by 10 percent in Tanzania, and help one-third fewer households go hungry in the lean season, Swiss researchers said.

CORRECTED-FEATURE-Pest-proof bags and bins slim Tanzania's 'lean season'

Sep 10 2018

KONDOA, Tanzania, Sept 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Improved storage techniques have shown they can cut the loss of harvested maize by 10 percent in Tanzania, and help one-third fewer households go hungry in the lean season, Swiss researchers said.

In rural Kenya, women hit by drought trade water for firewood

Aug 03 2017

KOBOLWO, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One of the many results of repeated drought in Kenya is that when crops fail, women turn to cutting trees to sell as firewood in order to feed their families.

FEATURE-Huge dam to shore up Kenya's urban water – but may threaten Maasai Mara

Apr 26 2017

KURESOI, Kenya, April 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A dam being built on the edge of Kenya’s largest water catchment is drawing criticism from experts who fear it could threaten water supplies in the country as much as supplement them.

Kenya's pastoralists look beyond patriarchy to property rights for women

Apr 19 2017

ELENERAI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Norah Chepkulul, a single mother of two young sons, stands outside her home, a grass thatched hut surrounded by cactus-like euphoria trees on the dusty Maasai Mara road in Kenya's Rift Valley.

'I haven't been given my share': young Kenyans' long wait to inherit land

Oct 26 2016

CHEBORGEI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mid-morning in Cheborgei village in Kericho County - and against the stunning backdrop of vivid green fields of tea - some farmers were still plucking leaves while others packed tea into sacks ready for transportation to collection centers.

As water falls short, conflict between herders and farmers sharpens

Nov 23 2015

KIBOYA, Kenya, Nov 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It's a hot, windy afternoon in Kiboya village. Dusty leaves swirl around William Ekidor, his wife Martha and their two sons as they sit under an acacia tree by the Kajunge dam, queuing with their animals for water.

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