Nepal’s first female barber, Laxmi Napit, is breaking down stereotypes in conservative Nepalese society. Some 65,000 Nepalis work in hair salons, but fewer than 100 of them are women who work as barbers. In addition to operating a successful barber salon for 13 years, Napit is providing free on-the-job training to impoverished young people.
Women in some areas of Bamenda, Cameroon, say stoppages of running water are making life unbearable, forcing them to fill containers in the middle of the night or collect water in other parts of the city. More than 200 households go without water for months at a time. The organization that supplies water in Cameroon says a comprehensive solution is on the way.
It's unlikely that governments around the world will be able to entirely reverse their trends of greenhouse gas emissions anytime soon, but experts say world leaders are working more closely together than ever before to address climate change. Coupled with more options for adaptation, they say, there's reason for hope.
Frustrated by what they perceive as the government’s unresponsiveness to the needs of the people, Ugandan civil society organizations increasingly ask the courts to enforce the constitution and national legislation. While a challenge to the country’s repressive Anti-Homosexuality Act succeeded on procedural grounds, most such litigation has failed. Still, proponents of judicial intervention say lawsuits hold the government accountable and sharpen citizens’ awareness of their rights.
Longtime rice farmers in the Kashmir Valley are turning to fruits and vegetables to avoid gambling on increasingly unpredictable weather patterns, forcing the region to import cheaper rice of inferior quality.
Small-Scale Farmers in Argentina Adopt Agroecological Techniques to Protect Environment, Consumer Health
The soaring popularity of grocery items produced without artificial fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides evinces concern for environmental protection and food safety.
Heavy rains in Uganda’s Kasese district have caused devastating floods, prompting the local government to educate residents on the risks of farming near rivers in a country that is especially vulnerable to climate change.
Using Training and Grants, Nepal Tries to Stem Exodus of Farmers Discouraged by Effects of Climate Change
Nepalese farmers are increasingly giving up on agriculture and opting for foreign employment because increased temperatures and irregular rainfall have destroyed their crops and reduced crop yields.
Unable to Graze Cattle in Drought-Ravaged Regions of Kenya, Semi-Nomadic Herders Put Down Grass Roots
Some Masai herdsmen are growing fodder for their animals instead of migrating when drought strikes.
Erratic Rains, Dry Spells Destroy Crops in Cameroon, Forcing Farmers to Replant and Pushing Up Food Prices
In recent years, rainfall has been starting and stopping unpredictably in Cameroon, disrupting planting and harvesting cycles.