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16 Nov 2017 description
report APOPO

MOROGORO, Tanzania — The charity famed for its use of specially trained rats in landmine and tuberculosis detection celebrates its 20th anniversary this week.

Harnessing the highly attuned sense of smell in the African giant pouched rat, the international organization APOPO has spent the last two decades training these affectionate rodents in detecting two of the deadliest threats on the planet: landmines and tuberculosis. Each gives off its own unique smell, undetectable to humans, something which the rats are able to quickly sniff out.

21 Sep 2011 description

Famine, food shortages, malnutrition, massive loss of livestock and skyrocketing food prices continue to affect more than 11 million people in East African countries as drought and hunger spread across the region.