SELL OR STAY? ROBBING PARAGUAY'S INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
A 3D printer built from recycled E-waste in Togo and Africa's Hackers are discussed.
Made in Togo: A 3D Printer Built from Recycled E-Waste - Afate Gnikou is a systems developer. He's fascinated by 3D printers and has one aim - to produce a commercially viable 3-dimensional printer from Togo, mainly from e-waste. In Togo's capital Lome piles of discarded computers, printers and scanners from industrialized countries accumulate in trash dumps. Gnikou has found a place to work on his invention in a group of hackers and like-minded computer-lovers. Africa's Hackers: A Giant Leap - Since the global fiber optic cable network reached large cities on the east coast of Africa, the region has made a giant leap. Everywhere young software and hardware developers are working on solutions: they want to bridge the digital gap between Africa and the rest of the world. Few rural regions are connected to the internet, but 30 to 50 percent of the population have cellphones. Africa is the largest market for mobile internet communication. In Kigali, Kampala, Dar es Salaam and Nairobi, iHubs are springing up - open workplaces, equipped with the necessary technology, where students, programmers and other technology freaks meet. The AfricaHackTrip brought together hackers from all over Europe with their African counterparts to get to know one another's work. Global 3000 presents some of the interesting faces among the eastern African tech elite. Blinded by the Light: Flashing Lights to Scare Lions - A young boy had an excellent idea. Richard Turere lives in Kenya and since he was 9, he's been helping his father care for the family's most important possessions - their cattle and goats. Hungry lions regularly attacked the livestock at night, until Richard started dazzling the predators with flashing LED lights. Global Snack: Pav bhaji from India - The universally popular snack pav bhaji is made with tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, cauliflower, peas, potatoes and fried bread. It used to provide an affordable lunch for workers from Mumbai's textile mills and it's still relatively cheap, costing the equivalent of about one euro. Sell or Stay? Soybean Plantations Robbing Paraguay's Ache of Their Land - Paraguay's Atlantic Rainforest is home to the Ache. The indigenous people live from and with the forest as traditional hunters and gatherers. But pressure is growing on them: large-scale soya producers are offering them money for their land. Only 13 percent of their original habitat in the Atlantic Rainforest remains. An Ache community of 40 families lives in the southern part of the forest. They still own 500 hectares of land. They're surrounded by soybean plantations, but they, too, have to farm land to survive. A team from the World Wide Fund for Nature is helping the Ache preserve their habitat and way of life. They are encouraging the revival of yerba mate cultivation. The plant regenerates the forest floor, resulting in greater biodiversity.