Escaping from Somalia's Famine into a Perilous Refuge

NGO workers in Kenya, though grateful for the recent influx of aid dollars, are frustrated with the current state of chaos. They want to establish long-term development programs to avoid famines.

Haven and Hell: The World's Largest Refugee Camp

Hundreds of thousands of Somalis have fled their country to escape famine, but they are not finding significant improvement in living conditions when they arrive at the Dadaab complex.

Water is Life: Women and Water in the Kibera Slum

The international water shortage has created numerous challenges for populations in both rural and urban communities. In the slums of Nairobi, Kenya finding water and a solution falls disproportionately on women – especially young girls.

Biotech in Africa: High Hopes and High Stakes (Part 1)

Fog shrouds the terraced hills, and a stream is swollen from the rain that fell overnight, but the damage of a drought that left 10 million Kenyans dependent on food aid is still evident. On many of the small farms, the ground is bare at a time when corn crops should be several feet tall.

"We had no maize because we planted and there was no rain," said Victor Mutua, who feeds an extended family of 15 from his 20-acre plot.

Biotech in Africa: Researchers Prepare for Field Tests

There's nothing like rain to wreck the field trial of a crop designed to resist drought. So an arid plain south of Nairobi is considered a good place to test drought-resistant biotech corn seeds: It doesn't rain for six months at a time.

Those long dry periods allow scientists to test the crop by stopping irrigation during critical periods, such as when plants flower.