A River Runs Dry in Tanzania

Inter Press Service: Avelina Elias Mkenda, a 52-year-old small-scale farmer in the Mbarali district of Tanzania's southwestern Mbeya region, can sense a change in her environment. A resident of the Great Ruaha River basin, she has never had trouble watering her crops and livestock. But over the last few years, the river has been delivering less and less of the precious resource; the grass that was once plentiful is now scarce, leaving cattle hungry, while production of coffee, the region's prize crop, has plummeted.......

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