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Madagascar and Sisal Plantations

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Wages, government and employment conditions for agricultural workers on a sisal plantation on the world’s fourth-largest island of Madagascar. What is sisal? Sisal plant Sisal is a strong fiber from the spiny leaves of the agave plant. Sisal hemp, or henequen, is the name given to the cleaned and dried fiber of the cultivated varieties of the agave plant. The name sisal may have originated from having been first exported through the port of Sisal, in Yucatan. In Africa, sisal is cultivated for fiber in Angola, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, and Tanzania. In Tanzania and Kenya, sisal is predominantly a plantation crop as opposed to small-scale farming. A coarse and strong fiber, sisal is used in fabrics, twine, ropes, string, yarn, carpets, mats, cigarette paper filters, and tea bags. Sisal is also used in composite materials for cars, furniture, and construction as well as in plastics and numerous paper products. Sisal can also be used to ad

Green banana stew for dinner tonight

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Bananas are perhaps best known for their yellow color, health benefits and potassium, fiber and natural sugars but did you know: Bananas float in water. Bananas are the most popular fruit in the world. Banana skins can be red, pink, purple, or black. There are more than 1,000 varieties of bananas grown and eaten throughout the world. Bananas are a part of the world’s fourth most important food crop and are the main ingredient of countless recipes and income for more than 70 million Africans. Being the world’s fourth most significant food crop the carbon footprint of the banana is important to consume less energy. Green banana stew for dinner tonight There are various types of banana unique to Africa, and these can be eaten fresh, cooked, fried and processed to be served as baby food, juice, and beer. East African Highland cooking banana and plantain makes up approximatel

Three Ethiopian Eggplant Stew Recipes

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Ethiopian eggplants are small, bright red to orange, intensely flavored vegetables, similar in appearance to a tomato. Fruits and leaves of the Ethiopian Eggplant are eaten boiled, as a recipe ingredient of African soups and stews. Ethiopian Eggplants are usually picked when still green or slightly yellow and are typically grown in micro-gardens and small family gardens. Three Ethiopian recipes , two recipes using Ethiopian eggplants and one for making the best Injera bread to eat with your Ethiopian eggplant stews by the African Gourmet. Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hour 20 min Spicy Ethiopian Eggplant Stew Recipe Ingredients 4 sliced Ethiopian eggplants 1 small head cabbage, shredded 2 onions, sliced 2 cups baby carrots 2 large tomatoes, diced 1 large white potato, finely diced 1 green pepper, finely chopped 1 tablespoon minced garlic ½ teaspoon chili powder Salt and pepper to taste 2 tablespoons oil 8 cups of wat

Inside African Wildlife Reserves Threatened by War

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Inside African Wildlife Reserves Threatened by War Helpless in DRC political instability and wars harm Garamba and Kahuzi-Biega National Parks, Okapi Wildlife, Salonga and Virunga National Parks. More than one hundred armed groups, such as the Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces, are believed to operate in the eastern region of the DRC. The forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo represent half of the total area of tropical rainforest in Africa. Virunga National Park Democratic Republic of the Congo The biodiversity of the Congolese forests, which provide shelter for many endemic species such as the bonobo, the mountain gorilla, and the okapi are threatened due to political instability in the region, provoking the displacement of thousands of people, represents a very serious threat to the integrity of the five properties listed below: Garamba National Park Kahuzi-Biega National Park Okapi Wildlife Reserve Salonga National Park Virunga National Park The De

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Being African in America I have grown up learning about different ethnic cultures. My father and mother are historians of African culture and history and their influence expanded my activities to several best-selling cookbooks, magazine columns, self-branded products, and a popular African culture and food blog.

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