Tanzania: Salty Soils Drive Farmers Into Forest Reserve

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Mangrove dans le delta du Niger©PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP

Thousands of farmers in Tanzania’s Rufiji Delta have been accused of destroying mangroves as they search for new land to grow their rice crops, which are being damaged by salt-water intrusion.

The salt water, pushed inland by surging tides from the Indian Ocean, is damaging fields of rice seedlings. Farmers in several villages in the river basin, which sprawls across the east African nation’s southern half, have seen yields fall as a result.


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