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The Tanzanian Parliament recently passed a US$ 294 million budget to fund the country’s Ministry of Water projects for the 2021/22 financial year.

The hefty sum is expected to go a long way to solve the country’s ever mounting water shortage issues, however it is not enough and the private sector must chip in.

Delivering his budget speech in the Tanzanian capitol of Dodoma during the budget hearing, the Tanzania Minister for Water, Jumaa Aweso acknowledged external in put in helping Tanzania address its water shortages especially in rural areas.

The minister acknowledged international development partners that are supporting the country but was also keen to cite the need for private sector input.

Speaking in the August House, the minister cited the importance of both private sector participating in bridging the country’s water shortage through various channels e.g. CSR projects where they operate and also the importance of observing environmental …

Plastic Waste Exports

A new report has found that toxic chemicals in plastic waste exports from wealthy countries are contaminating food in developing and transition countries around the world, including Africa.

The study by the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) found that most of the plastic waste exported from wealthy countries to countries with developing economies or economies in transition is landfilled, burned, or dumped into waterways.

According to the report, all plastics virtually contain hazardous chemical additives.

The report states that these disposal methods result in highly toxic emissions that remain in the environment for decades and build up in the food chain.

Dubbed ‘Plastic Waste Poisoning Food and Threatening Communities in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Latin America’, the study demonstrates how these plastic waste handling methods end up poisoning local populations.

For this study, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in fourteen countries which in many cases receive plastic waste from …