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The Women Who Mine

Female-led artisanal mining associations are fighting back against a predominately male industry in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Once a constant threat across Bangladesh, arsenic poisoning has significantly reduced thanks to deeper wells
Once dismissed as undesirable competitors, certain West African shrubs are now being recognised as significant crop enhancers
Still puzzled by China’s trillion dollar masterplan for the future of global trade? Kontinentalist brings you an interactive overview to help bring you up to speed
In this final instalment of our monthly series of reports looking at the impact China’s BRI project is having on the local infrastructure situated along its route, explorer and China scholar Charles Stevens reaches Yiwu, the end of the line…
Gene editing technology means scientists are close to changing small-scale crops into plants suitable for industrial production
In this penultimate instalment of our monthly series of reports looking at the impact China’s BRI project is having on the local infrastructure situated along its route, explorer and China scholar Charles Stevens visits the Khorgos Gateway that bridges China…
The ‘golden triangle’ switches from growing opium crops to coffee
Many countries that are classified as being ‘not high income’ nonetheless lead the world in tropical disease research
As part of our monthly series of reports looking at the impact China’s BRI project is having on the local infrastructure situated along its route, explorer and China scholar Charles Stevens visits a major development project that could open up…
A new vaccination strategy aims to eradicate peste de petits ruminants, a deadly disease affecting sheep and goats
Over 100 years have passed since São Tomé could claim to be the world’s largest producer of cocoa. But investment from Fair Trade companies and global demand for craft chocolate are finally putting this tiny West African country back on…
After 130 years in the diamond industry De Beers recently announced it would begin selling lab-grown diamonds. But what are lab-diamonds, why all the hype, and what do they mean for the future?
As part of our monthly series of reports looking at the impact China’s BRI project is having on the local infrastructure situated along its route, explorer and China scholar Charles Stevens visits the Greek port that marks the point where…

The social saving network

Using WhatsApp to monitor and predict deadly landslides in Colombian informal settlements

Talc terror trail

An investigation reveals how the illegal export of talc, used in numerous household products, is providing significant funds to insurgents in Afghanistan

Parallel lives

New statistics suggest rising healthy lifespans in China, at the same time as those in the United States are on the decline

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