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April Zhu
April Zhu, a recent graduate of Wellesley College in Environmental Studies and Studio Art, is figuring out how to fight human poverty and environmental degradation with social impact design. Her recent research interests in sustainable agriculture for smallholder Sub-Saharan African farmers have taken her to Tanzania, where she worked for Global Cycle Solutions. She can be easily wooed with vitumbua.

Entries by April Zhu

Less Blood in the Water: Researchers Try New Way to Keep Sharks From Beachgoers

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 5:37 PM

It should seem that sharks are used to bad news by now.

Since Western Australia's (WA) shark cull began in January 2014, the Internet has been haunted with images of pale shark corpses hooked and dangling from baited drumlines. WA's recent "shark control" measures aim to protect its...

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What's To Be Afraid of? Congress Talks GMOs with Biotechnology Proponents

(5) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 11:05 AM

Earlier this month, a motley group of witnesses were called to testify before the members of the House Committee on Agriculture: a behavioral economist, an agricultural science professor, a Vermont dairy farmer, and an international development expert. Their message to Congress? Let's see what the facts have to say about...

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Kenya's GM Ban and the Future of GM Policy in Africa

(2) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 3:53 PM

At the moment, growing genetically modified (GM) crops -- those bred using modern transgenic methods rather than conventional ones -- is only legal in three African countries -- South Africa, Sudan, and Burkina Faso. By the end of the year, Kenya may join those ranks.

In January 2014, Kenya's Education,...

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Calestous Juma on Being Pro-Africa, Why Africa Needs GM Crops, and How He Came to Be a Cheerleader

(1) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 5:30 PM

Calestous Juma is currently a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he also directs the Science, Technology, and Globalization Program and the Gates Foundation-funded Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project. He has also served in the United Nations as the first permanent Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity...

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Are Genetically Modified Crops Good for Sub-Saharan Africa? An Overview

(4) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 11:58 AM

USA RIVER, TANZANIA -- Sebastian Mushi, or "Seba," as he is known around here, owns an agricultural business in Usa River, Tanzania. In his bare-bones shopfront he stocks chemical fertilizers, pesticide sprays, and an assortment of maize and rice seeds. Perched comfortably on a bag of maize is Seba's friend...

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