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Sugar plantation threatens habitat of chimpanzees in Uganda reserve

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The habitat of 500 chimpanzees in Uganda’s Bugoma Forest Reserve is said to be in danger. Conservationists and local residents are fighting to stop a company that has begun clearing trees in the protected area for a sugar plantation. A not-for-profit group, Rainforest Rescue, has taken up a campaign to sensitise the people, while urging President Yoweri Museveni to keep ...

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Volcanic soils, not worms, causing elephantiasis in Uganda, says study

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A puzzling surge in western Uganda patients diagnosed with a painful, disfiguring skin condition known as elephantiasis was caused not by the parasitic worms typically associated with the affliction, but by long-term exposure to irritating soil minerals absorbed while walking barefoot, according to a new study published on Monday, April 10, 2017 in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. ...

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Firm defeats activists in Uganda deforestation suit

Vimal Shah

The High Court of Uganda has cleared Bidco Africa Limited against claims of deforestation in the Vegetable Oil Development Programme in Kalangala district. Bidco is a manufacturer of edible oils, fats and hygiene care products. Established in 1985 the company has manufacturing units in Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar and a footprint in 16 African countries. The public interest case filed ...

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Uganda supports gender-responsive biodiversity conservation

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Uganda, a country renowned for its rich biodiversity, is taking strides to integrate gender considerations into its national policies, plans and programmes to implement its obligations under the Convention and the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. The efforts by Uganda are said to be contributing to the ongoing global effort to achieve gender equity and equality, as reflected in the ...

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Group expands smallholder farmer services to Malawi, Uganda

Elumuka Margaret

One Acre Foundation, a non-profit agriculture organisation that supplies smallholder farmers with the financing and training they need to increase their incomes and food security, has announced the official opening of its Malawi and Uganda operations. Malawi and Uganda began as pilots in 2013 and 2014 respectively. One Acre Fund now serves 400,000 smallholder farmers – with an estimated two ...

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UN urged to cut ties with Kenya oil producer over land-grab

Helen Clark

Lake Victoria farmers cite Bidco land-grabbing, environmental destruction and human rights violations in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania The Bugala Farmers Association in Uganda has called on the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to sever its ties with Bidco Africa, a Kenya-based edible oil producer accused of land-grabbing, human rights violations and environmental disasters in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. Over 100 farmers ...

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Acid rain threatens life in Uganda

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Every time it rains, Barbra Nyawiza, a teacher at Ngaara Primary School in Mbarara district, gets reactions. She sneezes and snoots. Scientists believe this primary school teacher is most likely allergic to rain. Jeconeous Musingwire, an environmental scientist, believes Nyawiza is sensitive to acidic pollutants in the rain. He says such pollutants are a result of gases emitted from industries ...

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How Uganda culture advances water resources

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In Banyakole tradition, members of the Abitira sub clan believe that they descended from a common ancestor with frogs. The age-old tradition, however, does not mean that members of this clan are frogs. Rather frogs are their totem. The Banyankole are one of the several major ethnic groups in Uganda. They live in south-western Uganda. Each of the Banyankole’s dozens of clans ...

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Beyond endurance: Pictures telling Uganda’s water story

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Stories of water harvesting, pollution, scarcity and misuse among others are not new in developing countries. And in Uganda and several other countries in Eastern and Southern Africa region (ESAR), where UNICEF estimates that about 157 million people are not connected to a clean and safe water distribution system, and thus need to use external water sources, stories of this ...

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Worry over quality of surface water in Uganda

Every time Chrispus Twikirize, a student and resident of Kainamo in Ibaare, Igara Bushenyi, goes to the well to fetch water for domestic use, he has no choice – he draws the same dirty water completely contaminated with solid wastes, algal blooms and toads. “We have no choice. This is our only source of water. The quality is gradually becoming ...

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