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Sunday, March 24, 2019
|A self-driven, determined and versatile independent journalist based in Zimbabwe, Sally Nyakanyanga has been a contributor to IPS since 2016. That year, she penned an article on her special reporting trip to Uganda to investigate conservation agriculture techniques under the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) Africa Great Lakes Region Reporting Initiative.
“The story, which focused on the need to adopt climate smart agriculture among coffee farmers in Uganda, helped to deepen my knowledge on the impact of climate change and how men and women are affected differently,” Sally says. “As a writer, I am privileged to contribute stories that highlight these challenges affecting communities and measures put in place to address them.”
Sally has reported from Sub-Saharan Africa on food security and climate change, agriculture, politics, energy and trade, gender equality, human rights and humanitarian stories.
“Agriculture is the backbone of most African countries; as such, climate change has had a negative effect on their livelihoods. There is a need to invest in research and ensure information is accessible to communities, particularly in hard to reach areas,” she says.
Apart from writing articles, Sally is a communications and development consultant with a passion for marginalized communities such as persons with disabilities, women and others. She won an Access to Energy Journalism Fellowship in 2017 and her work has been featured in regional and international publications.