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Story Publication logo July 5, 2022

Kalamba, Lualaba: Farmers Reduced to Cutting Forests for Their Survival


A woman carries a basket on her head as she walks by a wooden house.

In the savannas of central DRC, gallery forests are constantly being cut. They constitute, for the...


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In Kalamba (the second largest city in Kapanga territory, Lualaba Province), farmers are overexploiting gallery forests in the hope of improving cash crops such as beans and maize. The savannah soils are no longer producing, and the prospects for the people are poor. Without the forests, however, the rains are not reliable and harvests, even in forest lands, become unlikely.