Hauling myself out of bed at 6am to go visit a field of rats was never something high on my agenda. This week, though, I’ve been working in Morogoro, a city about 4 hours west of Dar es Salaam. It’s home to Sekoine University of Agriculture (SUA), which happens to be globally renowned for its… Continue reading HeroRATs – ridding the world of landmines and tuberculosis
I first came to London when I was 10 years old. It was a school trip and I was beside myself with excitement for weeks before. When we finally got there, I lapped up the visits to the ‘sights’, the museums, the parks, the zoo. There was a heatwave. We saw the Queen (fleeting glimpse… Continue reading London ♥♥
Last week, the major aid agencies launched a campaign in support of the appalling famine in parts of East Africa. The timing of the press coverage happened to coincide, for me, with a conference in Dar called ‘Commercial Farm Africa’. It felt slightly surreal to be, on the one hand, looking at horrific pictures coming… Continue reading We owe Africa more than ‘pity’
For those interested in keeping tabs on what I’m doing, I realize I’ve not been so great lately at the updates. A reflection, I think, of me adapting back into a full time job, which has come as a slight shock to the system (and yes, I know, I’ll get little sympathy on that front).… Continue reading Tanzania – a couple of months in…
A quick note, just to explain why I’m in Moshi and how it’s going so far. I’m here for a few weeks to do a piece of work with an organisation called Equity for Tanzania (EFTA). EFTA is a social enterprise which makes loans to small businesses and farmers enabling them to buy equipment/machinery to support… Continue reading First few days in Moshi
Firstly, just to be clear, this isn’t a plea for money. I’m not asking for donations. It’s targeted, instead, at those of you who already intend making a contribution in the run-up to the holidays, but might still be thinking about who you want to support. Maybe you’re on the look-out for new ideas where… Continue reading Thinking of a donation? Some personal recommendations.
Fever pitch media reports, government travel advisories, insurance company warnings: it’s hardly surprising so many have taken Kenya’s northern coast off the holiday long list in recent years. Well, based on my experience, I can tell you that yes, it’s a very dangerous place to visit. Dangerous, that is, in that you just might find… Continue reading Lamu, dangerous? Too right…