Here you can read all the past articles written by our Journalists for Rainwater Harvesting. To find out about our Journalists for Rainwater Harvesting, visit the Meet our Journalists page, or go back to Journalists for Rainwater Harvesting to read their most recent articles. DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA, 8 MARCH 2013: For a long time, residents of Dar es Salaam and its suburbs have gone without rain.
NAIROBI, KENYA, 15 FEB 2013: Many farmers in Kenya dread rain water whose runoff in times of excessive rainfall washes away the food crops, forcing the families to replant or buy household food supply. ZIMBABWE, 21 JAN 2013: African Union Commission chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dhlamini-Zuma has re-emphasised the importance of agriculture, as “the backbone of Africa’s economy”. ZIMBABWE, 13 JAN 2013: While gathering the strength to go to a house in the neighbourhood where there is a hand-dug well to ask for some water, a downpour came just in time and offered a much better solution for my woes. PAKISTAN, 6 JAN 2013: For Jehan Khan, the greatest miracle he has seen in his 35 years of life is the small green patch growing outside the thatched hut he calls home. ZIMBABWE, 23 DEC 2012: Climate change has greatly increased rain­fall and water variability worldwide.
GHOOL, PAKISTAN, 19 NOVEMBER 2012: A year ago, Aslam Bibi and her family left their village and moved to a nearby town, desperate to find a way to eke out a living in the face of failing rainfall that made subsistence impossible.
DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA, 17 OCTOBER 2012: When Engineer Pantaleo Tumbo, moved into his house in Kimara more than nine years ago, water was one major challenge his family faced.
It’s not only attractive and easy to grow, but the miracle plant produces a very interesting berry that upon eating makes things taste sweeter. Miracle berry (Synsepalum dulcificum) is an evergreen shrub that is native to tropical West Africa. Scientists are still unsure of how the fruit alters a food’s taste, but they think that it may have something to do with a protein with sugar molecules attached.

In its native environment, the plant will reach up to 20 feet in height at maturity but only 5 feet when grown indoors, so make sure to locate it in a suitable area to accommodate this fairly large size. This humidity-loving plant thrives when placed in a room with a humidifier or with a clear plastic bag wrapped around it to conserve moisture. Caring for a miracle fruit plant is not difficult as long as you keep the soil acidity constant. Water the plant regularly but do not let the plant sit in water or it may become waterlogged and may develop root rot. Now that you the answer to, “What is miracle berry?” you can begin your own miracle berry growing and explore the wonder of this interesting fruit. Enter your email now for a chance to win a Red Double Knock Out Rose Shrub from Nature Hills! In the ten years of its existence, IRHA has been providing lobbying support and a platform to promote rainwater harvesting to address water supply problems.
But for Bernard Maina, a farmer in Njoro area in the Rift Valley, rainfall runoff water is a resource that has helped him improve the living standards of his family. In her 2013 New Year’s message released in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, earlier this month, the Commission chairperson was bullish about the future of agriculture in Africa, expecting surpluses even and pinning hopes on the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme, a blueprint to raise agricultural output exponentially.
Water troubles continue to grip urban areas in the country, with many having to find alternative water supplies, mostly in the form of wells and boreholes, as people have since learnt they can no longer depend on the municipalities. For him and his fellow farmers, all residents of Ghool village in the arid district of Chakwal, these sparse fields are a sight they never expected to see in their lifetimes.
Now that’s more than just a wake-up call for Zimbabwean farmers and communities to take water harvesting seriously.
But after a few months, Bibi returned, drawn back home by news of newly constructed reservoirs that have begun soaking the parched farmlands in her area and replenishing underground aquifers.

Learning more about growing miracle berries can make it easier for you to experience this unusual phenomenon for yourself. Outside of the tropics, it is a houseplant that is also known as sweet berry and miracle fruit. When you eat the fruit and allow the pulp to coat the inside of your mouth, it masks the real taste of bitter foods for a few minutes to several hours, depending on how much fruit you eat. The receptors on the taste buds seem to be temporarily altered when the fruit is eaten as a result of these molecules. Misting daily with water or setting the plant on a water-filled pebble tray can also help with raising humidity. This can be done by using peat and perlite planting mediums and providing a fertilizer for acid-loving plants. The thin infrastructure that exists in some parts of the country to capture rainwater and store it for future use should be urgently strengthened and new ones estab­lished in areas that need them most. A tutor at the Water Development and Management Institute, Engineer Tumbo, like his neighbours depended on the only-once-a-month supply of water from the Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Corporation.
Today, I have 12 acres I bought from the sale food I grow from the irrigated land,” Maina told Xinhua in an interview in Nairobi on Tuesday.

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