Environmentalists have long reported that wood consumption - including logging and the use of charcoal - is a leading cause of forest degradation in Africa. In some of Kenya's coastal regions, recurring droughts have made the problem even worse. Now, farmers in those regions are now planting trees, putting their once-barren land to use in a venture that enables them to earn a living and conserve the environment at the same time. For VOA, Rael Ombuor reports from the coastal region of Kilifi.
An agricultural research organization says it's working on drought-tolerant varieties of maize to ensure Zimbabwe's staple crop withstands dry weather. The non-profit group is working to develop the maize in a country where agriculture relies on rain-fed crops even as droughts become more frequent. Columbus Mavhunga has more from Harare.