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Vaccine in Africa Comes in from the Cold

From Simona Zipursky in Ferney-Voltaire, France. Several weeks ago, a quiet revolution began in Banikoara, in northern Benin, during a new campaign to stop the deadliest cause of much-feared meningitis epidemics in the region. On that day, vaccinators hopped on motorbikes, trucks and bicycles—bearing thousands of life-saving doses of vaccine out to rural villages in…

Major Setbacks and Successes for NG Ecologist in West Africa

What a whirlwind of a month it’s been for the SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) team. Last month the team arrived in Cotonou, the capital of Benin, to introduce and demonstrate the process of transforming human waste into rich resources. Since we last caught up with ecologist Sasha Kramer, the team has had many great successes, but also some major setbacks including a team member becoming dangerously ill.

Fried or dried, frogs are popular food in African markets

The demand for frogs for human consumption is rising dramatically in parts of West Africa, according to a paper published in the latest issue of the TRAFFIC Bulletin. African tiger frogs caught with a basket trap in shallow parts of the River Niger, northern Benin. The small fish are used as bait. Photo © Meike…