How Zimbabwe’s badly implemented land reform affects wildlife

Sam Williams, Durham University Large carnivores are in decline all over the world. Threats like persecution and loss of both prey and habitat are key contributors. The planet’s top biodiversity hotspots have already lost around 90% of their primary (undisturbed) vegetation, driven by factors like growth of infrastructure, agriculture and the removal of natural resources. …

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Blockchain Could Launch this African Nation to the Top

by Liam Cardenas Ghana is a relatively small West African nation just north of the Gulf of Guinea. Accra, the nation’s capital, is situated on the southern coast of the country. While the coastal and politically-connected southern half of the state does quite well, Northern Ghana is often neglected and forgotten. The city of Wa, for …

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This App Helps African Farmers Secure Their Land Rights

by Karol Boudreaux In Ghana, a for-profit firm called LandMapp is “unlocking land’s value” by helping to secure farmer’s unofficial land rights. These farmers may have customary or traditional rights to their land, but in many cases these rights are not formally recognized. The company uses GPS-enabled smartphones to map the boundaries of farmers’ plots. …

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