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Health vs. Livelihood: Puerto Rico’s Diving Fishermen Face Stark Choice

Region: Puerto Rico

Topics: EarthEconomyJobsWater

A declining fish population has forced Cabo Rojo’s diving fishermen into deeper waters, where many exceed safe dive times to make a living. Their efforts can lead to decompression sickness, and emergency treatment is hours away.

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Zimbabwe Towns, Former Employees Reel After Collapse of Asbestos Mining

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: EarthEconomyExtractives

The asbestos mines belonging to SMM Holdings were once among the world’s most productive – before allegations of fraud and mismanagement essentially shut them down. Years-long efforts to revive them have failed, and former employees are paying the price.

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Zimbabwe’s New Grain Policy Has Farmers Eyeing Black Market

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AgricultureEconomyLegislation

In Zimbabwe, a new policy requires farmers to sell maize to the government at a fixed price. But maize farmers say that it’s not enough to live on.

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Kisangani Currency Heist Sows Confusion Among Vendors, Shoppers

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: DevelopmentEconomyInfrastructureMoney

Last year, a group of Kisangani residents stole a load of bank notes marked for destruction. As the old, tattered currency re-enters circulation, shoppers and vendors lose trust in their money – and the Central Bank of Congo.

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Uganda’s Cage Fish Farms Restore Fish Populations, Raise Water Quality Concerns

Region: Uganda

Topics: EarthEconomyEnvironmentJobsWater

On Uganda’s Lake Victoria, cage fish farms take the guesswork out of fishing, as farmers feed fish in controlled areas – which makes them easy to harvest. But as the popularity of fish farming grows, residents worry about its effect on local water.

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Coronavirus Shuts Mexican Universities, Crippling Nearby Businesses

Region: Mexico

Topics: CoronavirusDevelopmentEconomyEducation

The city of Puebla, known for its vibrant college life, finds its economy wobbling in the wake of a student strike and the coronavirus pandemic. For scores of enterprises, staying afloat in 2020 has been hard – or, in some cases, impossible.

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Once-Proud Puerto Rican Zoo Faces Cruelty Allegations, Uncertain Future

Region: Puerto Rico

Topics: EarthEconomy

It was once known as one of the Caribbean’s best zoos, but hurricane damage forced its closure in 2017. Alleging animal cruelty, some activists now say it should be closed for good.

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Food Shortage Looms as DRC Border Remains Closed

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AgricultureCoronavirusDevelopmentEconomyHuman Rights

Part 2 in a Series: Tens of thousands of DRC residents earn a living by trading across the border with Rwanda. Now, the border is closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus – and experts warn that an economic disaster is imminent.

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Cross-Border Trading in Zimbabwe Becomes Casualty of Coronavirus

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: CoronavirusDevelopmentEconomyHuman RightsJobs

Cross-border traders bring goods from abroad to resell in Zimbabwe, and the informal trade ripples through the country’s economy, providing jobs and lowering the cost of staples. Now this industry – and the nation – must reckon with a closed border.

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DRC Relies on Food Imports as Insecurity Stalls Local Agriculture

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AgricultureDevelopmentEconomyJobs

A wealth of natural resources should make the nation’s agriculture sector one of the world’s most productive. Instead, ongoing instability has hampered access to food and stymied farmers’ commercial output.

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