Africa

The work of plants

The work of plants


Though plants are indispensable for human survival, their contributions to human existence and history are often underappreciated.
Metabolism and capacity: history and labour in post-apartheid South Africa

Metabolism and capacity: history and labour in post-apartheid South Africa


I start with the question, why was it necessary, from 2008, for Mondi South Africa to spend R50 million (USD 8 million) a year on a nutrition intervention for 10,000 timber plantation labourers in KwaZulu-Natal province?
Miscommunicating metabolism: hunger, method and the practice of public health

Miscommunicating metabolism: hunger, method and the practice of public health


Over the past five years I have been conducting research on everyday eating and the emergence of Non-Communicable Diseases in the West African city of Dakar, Senegal.
‘How pesticides enter the body’: Porosity and growth in Western Kenya

‘How pesticides enter the body’: Porosity and growth in Western Kenya


In a remote church building in the Southwest of Kenya, Arthur Ouko was training farmers on ‘responsible use of pesticides.’
“When the city eats the forest”

“When the city eats the forest”


Kinshasa, its traffic and street vendors, receded as we drove past the international airport on the national road following the Congo River.
The toxic imperial metabolism of Senegalese peanuts

The toxic imperial metabolism of Senegalese peanuts


The identification of aflatoxin in the 1960s troubled plans for Senegalese peanuts.