Lake Kivu has long sustained Rwanda with its fish. The new hope is that the lake, which is heavily saturated with methane and carbon dioxide, will produce the sorts of energy supplies that could make it easier to get power in the country.
Off the coast of Africa, Nigerian villagers are confronted with a spreading problem: an oil spill and no one will accept responsibility. The villages, heavily dependent on fishing, have seen their boats damaged and many fish have been killed.
In the decades since Apartheid ended, many cultural norms in South Africa have remained divided by race. Whites drink wine. Blacks drink beer. But all that is starting to change.
From American Democracy, to UFO controversies, from Arab Spring to African farm land, the most clicked on stories of 2011 on PRI.org touch on most of the major themes in the news in the past year.
Orphaned chimpanzees are common in central Africa, their parents poached and killed for exotic restaurants or sold into the pet trade. But a sanctuary for young chimps is taking them in and hopes to return them to the wild.
Famine has swept through much of Ethiopia in the past year, but a new project will see a Saudi Arabian country convert one of the most fertile areas to produce rice for export. The idea is it's better to have people employed and making money.
A New York Times investigation found that between 40 and 70 Libyan civilians were killed during the NATO-led bombing campaign that ultimately helped oust Muammar Gaddafi from power.
The new constitution of South Sudan is one of the most progressive in Africa. It guarantees freedom of the press, however in practice, reality is very different.
As Rwanda moves out of the shadow of its devastating genocide of the mid 1990s, an independent media, mostly on the radio, is stepping forward and trying to forge its own identity, while confronting a dark past.
In Kenya, vertical farming and small, urban plots are becoming an important part of keeping poor Kenyans from starving as they move out of the countryside and into the cities, because of climate change.